GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
Friday’s Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup Final
All roads lead to Ballingarry GAA ground on this Friday 9th July at 7.45pm for the mouth-watering clash of holders Granagh/Ballingarry and Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the second annual Jim (Twin) Lynch Perpetual Memorial Cup hurling tournament final with all proceeds of a bucket collection going to Milford Care Centre.
The late Jim Lynch had a lifelong association with the GAA with the Granagh/Ballingarry Club and was at the time of his sudden passing on Tuesday 28th May 2018 the assistant secretary of the West Limerick GAA Board.
In front of a record crowd for a club hurling tournament final at windy Ballingarry on Sunday 5th July 2019, the home side captained on the day by Gearóid Lynch won the inaugural Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Perpetual Cup with a hard fought five-point victory over gallant Feenagh/Kilmeedy with all proceeds of the €1,511.68 bucket collection to Pieta House.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Niall Cahill, David Clancy, Eoin Cahill, Thomas O’Donovan, David Condron 0-1, Eoin Casey 0-1, Pat Carroll, Darragh Casey, Jack Cagney 0-6, Seán O’Connor 0-1, Denis O’Connor 0-4 (3 frees), Gearóid Lynch 0-2, Niall Kennedy, Luke Flynn 0-2. Subs used: Kieran O’Donovan, Edward Sheehy, Damien O’donovan, Seán Murphy 0-1, Donal O’Grady 0-1, Cathal O’Keeffe 0-1, Eoin Enright.
Feenagh/Kilmeedy: Michael Bergin, Kevin Murphy, Neilus Irwin, Michael O’Connor, Seán Murray, Brian Hannigan, Timmy McCarthy, Gerard O’Gorman 0-1, James O’Regan, Diarmuid Coleman 0-5 (4 frees), William Irwin, Darragh Kiely, Luke Ryan 1-4 (0-2 frees), Liam O’Gorman 0-1, Jack O’Sullivan. Subs used: Seán Kelly, Colm Ryan, Dylan Murray O’Connor, Ronan O’Connor and Ian Kelly.
Man of the Match: Jack Cagney of Granagh/Ballingarry who finished with a personal tally of six points from open play.
Friday’s final should draw a large crowd to the garden town venue at 7.45pm to see if it will be the home side Granagh/Ballingarry who will life the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Perpetual Cup for the second year in a row or will the Feohanagh/Castlemahon boys inscribed their names on the base of the cup for the first time. The game will be refereed by Eoin Curtin of Gerald Griffins and the proceeds of a bucket collection to Milford Care Centre. Your support for the Memorial Cup game and Milford Care Centre on this Friday 9th July at 7.45pm in Ballingarry would be appreciated.
Presentation of Mary Sexton Memorial Cup to Jim O’Keeffe
Granagh/Ballingarry Junior B Hurling captain Jim O’Keeffe who was unable to receive the Mary Sexton Memorial Cup from West Board PRO Johnny Walsh due to receiving treatment for a hand injury in hospital after Granagh/Ballingarry’s recent thrilling one point, 0-11 to 0-10 victory over Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the delayed 23020 West Junior B Hurling Championship Final at Dromcollogher, will be officially presented with the cup at the end of this Friday’s Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup Hurling Final in Ballingarry.
Third Win for Granagh/Ballingarry
West Senior Hurling League/Championship Round 4
Granagh/Ballingarry recorded their third win in the West Senior Hurling League/Championship with an impressive eight-point win over holders Adare at sunny Ballingarry on Thursday evening to join neighbours Knockaderry and Adare on top of the table on six points.
A good crowd turned out to watch this top of the table clash played on an excellent pitch with Eoin Curtin of Gerald Griffins in charge. A couple of wides were exchanged before Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 14 Cathal O’Keeffe opened the scoring with a well taken point in the third minute. Then holders Adare had four white flags in a four-minute spell (3 play, 1 free) to lead by three 0-4 to 0-1 on seven minutes. Then Seán O’Connor on eight minutes and Denis O’Connor on ten minutes won points back from play for the home side before Adare pointed from play on 11 minutes to leave three between the sides, Adare 0-5, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-3.
Granagh/Ballingarry finished the opening quarter strongly with a pair of white flags through Denis O’Connor from a long range placed ball on 12 minutes and Seán O’Connor from open play on three minutes to leave the score level at 0-5 each at the end of the first quarter at the water break.
When play resumed Granagh/Ballingarry had a pair of white flags through Denis O’Connor from a placed ball on 17 minutes and Luke Flynn from open play on 19 minutes before Adare’s No. 14 Adam O’Brien finished past Granagh/Ballingarry keeper John O’Grady two minutes later to leave one between the sides Adare 1-5, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-7 on 21 minutes. Granagh/Ballingarry now began to up their game with four unanswered white flags in a seven-minute spell courtesy of Denis O’Connor, two frees and Cathal O’Keeffe and Pat Carroll one each from open play before Willie Griffin finally ended a seven-minute spell without an Adare score when he split the uprights from a placed ball to leave two between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-11, Adare 1-6, on 29 minutes. Then in added time a pair of white flags from open play for Adare were cancelled out by Pat Carroll from play and Denis O’Connor from a placed ball before Willie Griffin of Adare split the uprights from a placed ball in the fifth minute of added time to leave one between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-13, Adare 1-9 at the interval.
Denis O’Connor from a placed ball and Willie Griffin from open play traded white flags in the opening four minutes after the interval to leave one still between the sides on 34 minutes. Then Cathal O’Keeffe from open play on 36 minutes and Denis O’Connor from a long range placed ball on 39 minutes had white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry before Adare’s No. 10 pointed from play to leave two between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-16, Adare 1-11 on 40 minutes. Then Luke Flynn on
42 minutes and Eoin Lynch on 44 minutes had white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry without replay from Adare to leave the boys from Knockfierna four ahead0-18 to 1-11 at the second water break at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter was all Granagh/Ballingarry playing text book hurling, they outscored the visitors by four points, 0-6 to 0-2, to run out impressive eight-point 0-25 to 1-14 winners of their third brace of points in the West Senior Hurling League/Championship to join neighbours and Adare on top of the table on six points and can look forward with confidence to their final round game with Feohanagh/Castlemahon on four points this Friday 10th July in Ballingarry at 7.45pm which will also double up as the second annual Jim (Twin) Lynch Perpetual Memorial Cup Final.
Granagh/Ballingarry: John O’Grady, Eoin Casey, John Kealy, Seán Murphy, Darragh Casey, Thomas O’Donovan, Niall Cahill, Josh Quill Mulcaire, Pat Carroll, Seán O’Connor, Cathal O’Keeffe, Luke Flynn, Michael Russell, Denise O’Connor, Eoin Lynch. Subs used: Gearóid Lynch, Edward Sheehy, Kevin Forde, Brendan Lynch and Jack Hartnett.
Adare: Brian Curtin, Seán O’Donoghue, John MacSweeney, Eoghan Costelloe, P.J. Hall, Jady Hannon, Frank Costelloe, John Fitzgibbon, Joe Sweeney, Charlie McCarthy, Willie Griffin, Liam Dunne, Jack Keating, Adam O’Brien, Shane O’Connor.
Referee: Eoin Curtin, Gerald Griffins.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship 2021
The 2021 Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship shall consist of four groups of three played on a league system.
Group 1 Round 1: Bruree v Tournafulla
Group 2: Granagh/Ballingarry play loser of Round 1
Round 3: Granagh/Ballingarry play winners of Round 1
Group 2 Round 1: Croom v Pallasgreen
Round 2: Hospital/Herbertstown v loser of Round 1.
Round 3: Hospital/Herbertstown v winner of Round 1
Group 3 Round 1: Feohanagh/Castlemahon v Croagh/Kilfinny
Round 2: Knockaderry v losers of Round 1
Round 3: Knockaderry v winners of Round 1
Group 4 Round 1: Na Piarsaigh v Effin
Round 2: Kilmallock v losers of Round 1
Round 3: Kilmallock v winners of Round 1
Note: If a first round group game ends in a draw a toss of coin will determine the team to play the remaining team in the group in Round 2. The top two teams in each group qualify for County Quarter Final. Group 1 top team v Group 2 second team and so on, semi finals open draw and avoid previous pairing where possible. The bottom team from each group play in a relegation semi final with the losing teams playing in the relegation final for Junior A Hurling next season. The championship to commence in late August early September dates to be confirmed.
The closing date for membership of Granagh/Ballingarry Club for 2021 was Thursday 1st July. A word of thanks to all who have paid. Those who pay their club draw €100 subscriptions in full are automatically club members for 2021.
Munster Hurling Championship Tickets
The following were the lucky winners of the six tickets received by Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club for last Saturday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final Cork v Limerick Stadium, Thurles, Marta O’Connor, Marta Kelly, Stephen Kiely, Andrew Holms, Paddy Hennessy and Josephine Holmes. The club will receive a minimal allocation of tickets for the Munster Final v Tipperary on Sunday 18th July in Páirc Úí Chaoimh at 4.15pm and the draw for same will take place on Thursday 15th July at the club grounds at 8pm. So, make sure to have your club draw membership fee of €100 paid to be included in the draw.
Limerick County Teams
Limerick on Course for Hat-Trick of Munster Titles
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final
Hearty congratulations to the Limerick senior hurlers manager John Kiely and our own Donal O’Grady a member of the management team on their eighth point, 2-22 to 1-17, victory over neighbours Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Sunday to qualify for their third successive Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final against Tipperary on Sunday on 18th July in Pirc Uí Chaoimh at 4.15pm where the boys in green and white will be aiming for a first ever hat-trick of Munster senior hurling titles.
Galway Stay on Course for 4-in-a-row
2020 All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi Final
Holders Galway who led by just one point at the second water break hit 3-6 in the final quarter to run out fifteen point 4-18 to 0-15 winners over Munster champions Limerick at Cusack Park, Ennis, on Friday evening to qualify for the 2020 All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final against Kilkenny on this Saturday 10th July at 5pm in Portlaoise at 5pm where the Galway boys will be aiming to raise the Irish Press Cup for the fourth successive year.
Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Finals
The best of luck to the Limerick senior footballers and the management team this Saturday 10th July against Cork in the Munster Championship Semi Final in Páirc na nGael at 3pm. Holders Tipperary play Kerry in the second semi also this Saturday at 7pm in Semple Stadium, Thurles, at 7pm.
€3,000 Council Grant
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club officials would like to formally and sincerely thank John O’Donoghue for his kind contribution of €3,000 to the club as part of his Limerick City and County Council GMA funding allocation for 2021. Massive thanks to John for supporting our club in this manner, it is greatly appreciated by the club executive especially after such a difficult 16 months. Thanks also to our hard-working club chairman Andrew Holmes who completed all the paperwork in drawing down these funds.
Weekly Club Lottery Online
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club finance committee is pleased to announce that our loyal members (at home and abroad) can now play our weekly club lottery online. The clubforce app is user-friendly and very easy to operate, players can purchase tickets for individual drawn or else buy for a longer number of draws. Our lottery takes place every Saturday night and online sales will ease at 6pm every Saturday, physical tickets can still be purchased from local shops and bars as normal.
Our next draw takes place this Saturday night July 10th with the current jackpot at €13,900. To promote the unveiling of our online draw we are running a special promotional offer for the month of July with everyone who makes an online purchase for Granagh/Ballingarry GAA for the month of July being entered into a draw to win a €150 voucher for the Mustard Seed. Spread the word among your family and friends. You can purchase a ticket for yourself or buy for a friend. All funds raised from the club lottery go towards the day-to-day running of the club, supporting all teams from U6 to adult in both hurling and football and developing our clubhouse facilities in Ballingarry. The link to play our lottery online is available on the club Facebook and Twitter pages.
Many thanks for your continued support.
€13,900 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €13,800 jackpot in the draw on Saturday 3rd July. The numbers drawn were 5, 16, 19 and 27. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Mairéad and Kay promoter O’Gorman’s Shop, Chawke’s Cross, Granagh, Donie and Ruth O’Grady promoter Donal O’Grady, Michael John Hourigan promoter Mossie and Pat, Eugene Reidy promoter Pat Cagney.
The next draw will be held this Saturday 10th July for a jackpot of €13,900. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops and bars and from promoters.
Note: You can now play the weekly lottery online and the link to play is available on the club Facebook or Twitter pages which cease at 6pm every Saturday.
Thursday 8th July
Munster U20 Football Championship Quarter Finals
Tipperary v Limerick in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 7.30pm, Waterford v Limerick in Fraher Field, Dungarvan at 7.30pm.
Friday 9th July
Jim (Twin) Lynch Perpetual Memorial Cup Hurling Final/West Senior Hurling League/Championship Round 5
Granagh/Ballingarry (holders) v Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Ballingarry at 7.45pm.
Saturday 10th July
Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Finals
Cork v Limerick in Páirc na nGael at 3pm; Tipperary (holders) v Kerry in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 7pm.