GRANAGH BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
Who will be the first winners of the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup?
Will Granagh/Ballingarry or neighbours Knockaderry be the first winners of the (Jim) Twin Lynch Memorial Football Cup when they meet in the eagerly-awaited Limerick County Junior B Football Championship Final this Sunday 21st November in Pairc Caoimh Ui Luing, Feenagh at 2.30p.m. in a rematch of the record West Final won 1-11 to 1-6 by Granagh/Ballingarry at Athea.
This is the climax of the 2021 County Junior Football Championship and the 34th final since Monagea won the first won in 1986. Tremendous support is anticipated for both clubs as Granagh/Ballingarry contest their sixth final bid for a fifth title after wins by Ballingarry in 1989 and Granagh/Ballingarry in 1996, 2002 and 2010 and Knockaderry contest their fourth final seeking a fourth title with wins in 1988, 1999 and 2006. The trophy they are playing for is the Jim (Twin) Lynch perpetual memorial football cup presented to the Limerick County Board by the Lynch family, Granagh. The late Jim (Twin) Lynch had a life long association with the GAA with the Granagh/Ballingarry club and was at the time of his sudden passing on Tuesday 28th May 2019 the assistant secretary of the West Limerick GAA Board. Jim and his twin brother John were vital part of the Granagh/Ballingarry successful underage teams in 1976, 1978 and 1980 and Jim also captained the side to take U-16 honours in 1978 and minor in 1980. He had a great love for gaelic football and served as a football selector when Granagh/Ballingarry won the West Jun8or A championship honours in 1990 and 1996, West A Football League in 2003 and 2007, West Junior B Championship and League 1996 and 2010 and County Junior B Football Championship 1996, 2002 and 2010.
Sunday’s final will be the third meeting of Granagh/Ballingarry and Knockaderry this season.
West Junior B Football Championship Group 2 Round 1: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12, Knockaderry 1-11.
In the opening round of group 2 in the West Junior B Football Championship on Wednesday 18th August at Newcastle West, where a fitted goal by Aaron Smith two minutes into added time earned Granagh/Ballingarry a twopoint victory over unlucky Knockaderry in a most enjoyable contest Granagh/Ballingarry scored 1-9 from play and 0-3 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Denis Sheehy, Niall Cahill, Kieran Condron, Niall Fitzgerald, Eoin Lynch, Darragh Casey, Brendan Lynch, Edward Sheehy, Sean o’Connor 0-2, Gerard Lynch 0-1, Aaron Smith 1-5 (0-3 frees), William O’Regan 0-1, Brian Mulqueen, Keith O’Kelly 00-1, Jack O’Donoghue 0-2. Sub used MJ Purtill 0-1.
Knockaderry: Eamon Fitzgerald, Darragh Lyons, Patrick Downes, Colm O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Mark Dahaner, Cormac Lyons, Donal O’Sullian 0-2, Kieran Storin 0-3, Robert Egan 0-1, Michael O’Sullivan 1-1, Ray Lacey, Bryan Mortell, Brendan Guiry 0-2, Darren Normoyle and subs used Sean Duffey, Liam Molyneaux, Enda Quinlan.
Referee Michael Browne (Dromcollogher/Broadford).
West Junior B Football Championship Final
In difficult wet and windy conditions at Athea on Saturday 23rd October with only one point separating the sides following a cracking Kieran Storin goal for Knockaderry on 55 minutes, which was cancelled out two minutes later by second half substitute Luke Flynn following a long solo run and a well taken point by Denis O’Connor on 59 minutes paved the way for a hard fought 5 point victory for Granagh/Ballingarry over gallant Knockaderry to take their sixth West Limerick Junior B football championship title and a first since 2018 to go joint top at the roll of honour with Knockaderry. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 1-6 from play, 0-4 from frees and 0-1 from a 45. Knockaderry scored 1-1 from play and 0-5 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: David Clancy, Niall Cahill, Kieran Condron, Brendan Lynch, Eoin Herlihy, Darragh Casey, Eoin Lynch, David Condron, Edward Sheehy, Jack Cagney 0-1, Jack Hartnett, Aaron Smith 0-5 (4 frees, one 45), Denis O’Connor 0-3, Gearoid Lynch, Jack O’Donoghue 0-2. Subs used Luke Flynn 1-0, Damien O’Donovan, Thomas O’Donovan, Michael Russell and Niall Fitzgerald.
Knockaderry: Eamonn Fitzgeralod, Paudie Dore, Patrick Downes, Cormac Lyons, Donagh O’Sullivan, Mark Danaher, Donagh O’Callaghan, Colm O’Connor Kieran Storin 1-1, Sean Duffy, Michael O’Sullivan 0-3 (frees), Robert Egan (0-2) frees, Bryan Hartnett, Brendan Guiry, Ray Lacey. Subs Michael Molly Jack Corkery. Man of the match Aaron Smith, Granagh/Ballingarry.
Referee Derek Byrne, Athea.
Granagh/Ballingarry County Junior B Football winning sides
Sunday November 5th 1989 at Croom
Ballingarry: Mike Kelly, Sean Mullane, Conor O’Keeffe, Michael Quaid, Liam Fitzgerald, Pat Cagney, Moss Quaid, Michael Quaid, David Fitzgerlad, Noel Forde, Ned Cagney 0-1, Timmy McKenna, Thomas Quaid 0-3, Shane Hartnett 0-1, Padraig Forde, captain 0-2, James Higgins, Padraig Fitzgerald, Aidan Quaid, Pat Burke 1-1. Trainer John Carrig RIP. Selectors Pat McKenna, John Hayes and Sean Kennedy.
Sunday November 24th 1996 Final at Croom
Granagh/Ballingarry: John Sheehan, Aidan Mulqueen, Conor O’Keeffe, Shane Mulqueen, Stephen Stapleton, Niall Condron, captain, Pat O’Regan, Tom O’Gorman, Seamus Stapleton, Peter Stapleton, Mick Condron, Noel O’Brien 0-1, Michael Mulcahy, Daivd Fitzgerald 1-4, Eoin Barrett 0-1. Subs used Brian O’Brien, Ned Cagney. Manager Pat Cagney, trainer John Carrig, RIP, selectors Jim Lynch RIP, Paddy Forde, RIP.
Sunday November 24th 2002 Final at Newcastle West
Sunday December 1st 2002 Replay Final at Newcastle West
Granagh/Ballingarry: Ned Cagney, Robby Houlihan, Seamus Stapleton, Niall Condron, Paul Kennedy, Donagh McCarthy, Darren Clifford, Stephen Stapleton, Donal O’Grady, Mark Condron, Michael Clancy captain 0-1, David Clancy 1-1, Aidan Barrett, Eoin Kennedy 0-3. Subs used Darragh O’Grady, Michael Mulcahy. Manager Pat Cagney, trainer Tadgh Ryan. Selectors Jim Lynch RIP, David Fitzgerald, Mick O’Connor.
Sunday November 21st 2010 at O’Connell Park, Ballyagran
Granagh/Ballingarry: Patrick Kenrick, Kevin Forde, David Clancy, Eoin Cahill, Bobby Houlihan, Donal O’Grady, Kieran Condon, Michael Corrigan, captain Marcus Moore, Niall Kennedy, Denis O’Connor 1-1, Michael Clancy, Pat Carroll, Eoin Kennedy 0-3, Kevin Moynihan. Subs used Niall Cahill, Niall McCarthy. Other panel members used in the course of the 2010 championship: Stephen O’Brien, Gearoid O’Leary, Thomas O’Donovan, Seamus McDonbnell, Darragh O’Grady, Kieran O’Donovan, Kevin Trainor, Conor Hogan, Donagh McCarthy, James Hayes, Brian Healy, Mickie O’Keeffe, John O’Grady. Manager Seamus Stapleton. Selector Jim Lynch RIP, Paddy Forde RIP and Paddy Hennessy.
Paths to the final
Kockaderry: West Group 2 Round 1: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12, Knockaderry 1-11. Round 2: Knockaderry wo Newcastle West scr. Round 3 Knockaderry 6-10, Glin 1-9. West semi-final: Knockaderry 0-6, Ballysteen 0-5. West Final: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-11, Knockaderry 1-6. County quarter-final Knockaderry 1-10, Knockane 1-8. County semi-final: Knockaderry 1-8, Corbally 0-10.
Granagh/Ballingarry: West Group 2 Round 1: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12, Knockaderry 1-11. Round 2: Granagh/Ballingarry w.o Newcastle West. Round 3: Granagh/Ballingarry w.o. Glin scr. West semi-final Granagh/Ballingarry 3-13, Athea 1-9. West Final Granagh/Ballingarry 1-11, Knockaderry 1-6. County quarter final: Granagh/Ballingarry 0-10, Fedamore 0-6. County semi-final Granagh/Ballingarry 3-13, Claughaun 0-2.
A tough hard fought contest is expected with neither side fearing the other and confident of victory so Pairc Caoimh Ui Luing Feenagh is the place to be for all Gaels in both Granagh and Ballingarry this Sunday 21st November at 2.30p.m. to cheer on the boys in black and green and their management team of Shane O’Grady, Denis O’Sullivan, Andrew Holmes and first aid official Theresa Noonan in their bid to bring the County Junior B Football championship title back to the parish and club for the fifth time since 2010 and first winners of the Jim (Twin) Lynch perpetual memorial football cup.
Tickets for the Granagh/Ballingarry v Fedamore County Junior B Football championship final Granagh/Ballingarry v Knockaderry in Pairc Caoimh Ui Luing, Feenagh this Sunday 21st November at 2.30p.m. can now be purchased on www.universe.com search for Granagh/Ballingarry club. The link to purchase tickets is also posted on the Granagh/Ballingarry facebook or twitter page. €10 per adult, €6 for students, €2 for U-6s. Note no tickets will be on sale at the gate.
County Junior B Football Championship Roll of Honour
Granagh/Ballingarry (4) – Ballingarry 1989, Granagh/Ballingarry 1996, 2002, 2010.
Knockaderry (3) – 1988, 1999, 2006.
Dromcollogher/Broadford (3) – 1992, 2009, 2018.
Monagea (2) 1986, 1991.
Feenagh/Kilmeedy (2) – 2003, 2013.
Banogue (2) – 2008, 2019.
Killeedy – 1987.
Mountcollins – 1990.
Garryspillane – 1993.
Cappagh – 1995.
Caherconlish – 1997.
Adare – 1998.
Ballybricken – 2000.
Ballysteen – 2001.
Brudde – 2004.
Knockainey – 2005.
Ballylanders – 2007.
Blackrock – 2011.
Newcastle West – 2012.
Kildimo/Pallaskenry – 2014.
Fedamore – 2015.
Oola – 2016.
Ballybrown – 2017.
We urge people all over Granagh/Ballingarry parish to put out their black and green flags in support of the Granagh/Ballingarry Junior B footballers for Sunday’s County Final in Feenagh at 2.30p.m.
Granagh/Ballingarry ease into first B final since 2018
Limerick County Junior B Football Championship semi-final: Granagh/Ballingarry 3-13, Claughaun 0-2.
Newly crowned West champions Granagh/Ballingarry recorded a comfortable victory over gallant city champions Claughaun at Ballybrown GAA club grounds in Clarina on Saturday afternoon to qualify for their first Limerick County Junior B football championship final since going under to Dromcollogher/Broadford by a point in 2018 at Knockaderry against Knockaderry ??????? this Sunday 21s November in Pairc Caoimh Ui Luing, Feenagh at 2.30p.m. in a rematch of the recent West final won 1-11 to 1-6 by Granagh/Ballingarry at Athea.
A small crowd watched this county championship semi-final hampered no doubt by the live coverage of the Ireland v All Blacks rugby game on tv played in heavy underfoot conditions with Trevor Mann of Ballybrown in charge. Granagh/Ballingarry were guilty of five wides to one for Claughaun in the opening 5 minutes before Damien O’Donovan of Granagh/Ballingarry finally found the range when he split the uprights on six minutes. Aaron Smith and Cathal O’Keeffe had wides for Granagh/Ballingarry before a well taken point from long range by Denis O’Connor 10 minutes later and a cracking Edward Sheehy goal following a good solo run four minutes later to leave Granagh/Ballingarry five ahead, 1-2 to 0-0 at the end of the first quarter at the water break.
On the resumption of play it was all Granagh/Ballingarry again with 5 unanswered white flags from open play through Jack Cagney on 17 minutes, Cathal O’Keeffe on 19 minutes, Denis O’Connor on 21 minutes, a second from Cathal O’Keeffe on 23 minutes and Jack Cagney two minutes later to leave it 1-7 to 0-0 in favour of the West Limerick champions on 25 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged before Ben O’Shaughnessy finally opened the Claughaun account with a well taken point from play on 29 minutes to reduce the deficit to nine, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-7, Claughaun 0-1 at the interval.
Two minutes into the second half Cathal O’Keeffe finished past Claughaun keeper Tony McCarthy, to extend the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’ advantage to twelve 2-7 to 0-1 on 32 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting hampered no doubt by the difficult underfoot conditions in the next four minutes. Then Aaron Smith of Granagh/Ballingarry found the range when he split the uprights from a placed ball on 37 minutes before four unanswered white flags from play through Sean O’Connor on 39 minutes, Jack Cagney on 41 minutes, Jack O’Donoghue on 43 minutes and a second from Sean O’Connor on 44 minutes to extend the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’ advantage to seventeen, 2-12, to 0-1. Sean Carey ended fifteen minutes without a Claughaun score when he split the uprights following a good solo run on 45 minutes to reduce the deficit to sixteen, Granagh/Ballingarry 2-12, Claughaun 0-2 at the end of the third quarter at the second water break.
The final quarter was again dominated by the West champions with a well taken point by Edward Sheehy following a good solo run and second Cathal O’Keeffe green flag without reply from the Claugaun boys at the final whistle Granagh/Ballingarry were worthy 20 point winners 3-13 to 0-2. They now qualify for their first Limerick County Junior B football championship final since going under to Knockaderry by a point in the 2018 decider against Knockaderry on Sunday 21st November in Pairc Caoimh Ui Luing, Feenagh at 2.30p.m. in a rematch of the recent West Final won 1-11 to 1-6 by Granagh/Ballingarry at Athea. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 3-12 from play and 0-1 from a free, Claughaun cored all 0-2 from play.
Granagh/Ballingarry: David Clancy, Thomas O’Donovan, Niall Cahill, captain, Kieran Condron, Luke Flynn, Darragh Casey, Brendan Lynch, David Condron, Edward Sheehy 1-1, Eoin Herlihy, Jack Cagney 0-3, Aaron Smith 0-1 free, Cathal O’Keeffe 2-2, Denis O’Connor 0-2, Damien O’Donovan 0-1. Subs used Jack O’Donoghue 0-1, Keith O’Kelly, Sean O’Connor 0-2, Eoin Lynch, Gearoid Lynch.
Claughaun: Tony McCarthy, Dean O’Brien, Keith Quinn Evan Branrick, Eoin Quigley, Gerry Butler, Sean Carey 0-1, Peter Garland, Jason Kiely, Ben Kennery, Ian McNamara, Cian Ryan, Luke Kennedy, Rob Healy, Ben O’Shaughnessy 0-1.
Referee Trevor Mann, Ballybrown.
Second Wins for U-21s
County U-21 B Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 2
In difficult underfoot conditions at Garryspillane GAA grounds on Tuesday 10th November Granagh/Ballingarry made it back to back wins in group 2 of the Limerick County U-21 B Hurling Championship with a hard fought two point win over gallant neighbours Knockaderry to go joint top of the group on four points with Knockaderry top stay in contention for a quarter final spot. A small crowd turned out to watch this lively hard fought contest hampered by the long journey both sets of supporters had to make to the Knocklong venue with Michael Browne of Dromcollogher/Broadford in charge.
Sean O’Connor and Ronan Keating traded white flags in the opening two minutes before Luke Flynn split the uprights following a good solo run on 3 minutes followed by a cracking Paudie Murphy goal on 4 minutes and well taken points by Brian Sheehan a minute later to leave Granagh/Ballingarry five ahead, 1-3 to 0-1. The Knockaderry boys far from being over-awed had a point from a placed ball by Kieran Storin on 6 minutes followed by a smashing Michael Molloy goal on 8 minutes and a Kieran Storin point from play two minutes later to leave the sides at 1-3 each on 10 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate striking in the next four minutes before Michael Russell of Granagh/Ballingarry finally found the range when he split the uprights from a placed ball……
to leave the boys from Knockfierna one ahead 1-4 to 1-3 at the end of the first quarter. Having had the water break the play got underway again with white flags traded by Paudie Murphy from open play on 17 minutes and Kieran Storin from a placed ball two minutes later to leave the Granagh/Ballingarry side still one ahead 1-5 to 1-4 on 19 minutes. The Knockaderry boys now began to up their game with four unanswered white flags in as many minutes through Michael
Molloy (2 play), Kieran Storin (free) and Ronan Ceitinn (play) before points were traded by Luke Flynn from open play on 24 minutes and Kieran Storin from a placed ball a minute later to leave the Knockaderry by three ahead, 1-9 to 1-6 on 25 minutes. Then after five minutes of scoreless play Knockaderry No. 11 Kieran Storin split the uprights for the fifth time in the open half from a placed ball on 30 minutes to leave four between the sides, Knockaderry 1-10, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-6 at the interval.
The opening seven minutes after the interval were close and exciting with points traded by Kieran Storin (play) and Darragh Casey (play), Michael Russell (free) and Kieran Storin (free), Kieran Storin (play) and Gearóid Lynch (play) to leave Knockaderry still four ahead 1-13 to 1-9 on 37 minutes.
Granagh/Ballingarry now began to up their game with a trio of unanswered white flags in a seven minute spell through Darragh Casey and Seán O’Connor from open play and Michael Russell from a placed ball to reduce the deficit to one, Knockaderry 1-13, Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12 at the end of the third quarter at the second water-break. When play got underway again Kieran Storin cut a line-ball between the uprights to extend the Knockaderry boys’ advantage to two, 1-14 to 1-12 on 47 minutes. Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the next ten minutes with four unanswered white flags in a ten minute spell through Paudie Murphy and Seán O’Connor (play), Michael Russell (free) and Eoin Lynch to leave the boys from Knockfierna two ahead, 1-16 to 1-14 on 57 minute.
The Knockaderry boys created a number of good chances in the final few minutes which they failed to convert to leave Granagh/Ballingarry two ahead but only just, 1-16 to 1-14 at the final whistle after a hard fought lively contest to go joint top of Group 2 on two points with the Knockaderry boys to stay in contention for a quarter final sport in the Limerick County U21B Hurling Championship with one remaining group stage game to play against neighbours Croom on two points while Croom have completed all their group games. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 1-12 from play and 0-4 from frees. Knockaderry scored 1-7 from play, 0-6 from frees and 0-1 from a lineball.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Mark O’Shea, Eoin Enright, Eoin Herlihy, Seán Murphy, Darragh Casey 0-2, Eoin Lynch, Luke Flynn 0-2, Brian Sheehy 0-1, Seán O’Connor 0-3, Michael Russell 0-4 frees, Gearóid Lynch 0-1, Padraig McKenna, Eoin Lynch 0-1, Paudie Murphy 1-2. Sub used Brian Mulqueen.
Knockaderry: Bryan Mortell, Eoin O’Connor, Darragh Lyons, Edwin Foley, Colm O’Connor, Jack Molloy, Gearóid Fenniman, Diarmuuid O’Flynn, Cormac Lyons, Ray Lacey, Kieran Storin 0-10 (6 frees, 1 line ball), Enda Moran, Bryan Hartigan, Michael Molloy 1-2, Ronan Keating 0-2. Subs used: Jack Corkery, Edward Hayes and Cathal Moran.
Referee: Michael Browne (Dromcollogher/Broadford).
County U21B Football Championship
Group 1 Round 1
Granagh/Ballingarry open their Limerick County U21B Football Championship Group 1 campaign on Thursday 25th November when they travel to Rhebogue to play the homeside St. Patrick’s at 3pm. Please support.
Loughmore/Castleinoy an example for all dual players
Loughmore/Castleinoy, Tipperary have 12 dual players on last Sunday’s 0-23 to 2-17 draw with Thurles Sarsfields in the County Senior Hurling Final 15th weekend playing in a row between hurling and football. They’re in the County Senior Football Final too on next Sunday 21st November against Clonmel Commercials in Semple Stadium at 2.30pm. In a big hurling county they could easily discard football but they don’t and it does them no harm. What a great club and what a great example for dual club players.
October County Club Draw
The next Limerick County GAA Club Draw is on Saturday 27th November with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prizes to be won, 2nd €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1,000m 5th Exclusive prize of two-night hotel break with dinner, 6th to 9th 500, 10th to 13th €250, 14th to 30th €100. Entry to the draw is just €10 per month with the option to join our own ten monthly draw and County Club draw for €150. Granagh/Ballingarry has three winners to date, Nora Faragher who won €100 in March and Paul McCarthy who won €100 in May and Teresa McCarthy won the exclusive star prize in August. If you would like to renew your membership please follow the link Limerick Draw, sign up and select Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club and the number of draws you wish to sign up for. You may also contact the Granagh/Ballingarry Club draw co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on (086) 1960301.
Note: All new names to be included in the October 30th draw must be in by Wednesday 27th November.
€15,800 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €15,700 jackpot in the draw held on Saturday 13th November at the Rock Bar, Granagh. The numbers were 5, 8, 23 and 28. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Aileen Murphy promoter (online), James McCarthy promoter Buckley’s Bar, Ballingarry, Jim Moore promoter Mossie and Pat, Stephanie Sheehy promoter Mike Healy. The next draw for a jackpot of €15,800 will be held in Denny As Bar, Ballingarry on November 20th. 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 draw online and the link to play is available on the club Facebook or Twitter which finish at 5pm every Saturday. Thank you for your continuing support.
Wednesday 17th November
County U21A Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Bruff v Kildimo/Pallaskenry in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 7.30pm.
Thursday 18th November
County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 4
Ballybrown v Adare in Kilbreedy at 7.45pm.
Friday 19th November
County Premier U21 Football Championship
Group 2 Round 1
Monaleen v St. Kieran’s in Maguire’s Field at 8pm.
County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 1 Round 3
Galbally v Rathkeale/Cappagh in Rhebogue at 8pm./
Mungret/St. Pauls v Newcastlewest in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 8pm.
Saturday 20th November
County Premier U21 Hurling Championship Group 1 Round 1
Adare v Kilmallock in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 2.30pm.
Sunday 21st November
County Junior B Hurling Championship Final
Bruff v Blackrock in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 2.30pm.
County U19B Hurling Championship Final
St. Kieran’s v Kildimo/Pallaskenry in Seán Finn’s Park, Rathkeale at 2.30pm.
County U21 A Football Championship Group 1 Round 2
Shannon Gaels v Ballybricken/Bohermore/Fedamore in Caherelly at 12 noon.
County U21A Football Championship
Group 2 Round 2
Croom v Ballysteen in Croom at 12 noon.
County U21A Football Championship
Group 3 Round 2
Cappamore v Adare in Cappamore at 12 noon.
Tuesday 25th November
County U21B Football Championship Group 1 Round 1
Granagh/Ballingarry v St. Patrick’s in Rhebogue at 8pm.