GRANAGH/BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup Comes Home!
Limerick County Junior B Football Championship Final
Granagh/Ballingarry with a strong all round team performance took their fifth Limerick County Junior B Football Championship title, a first since 2010 to bring the Jim (Twin) Lynch perpetual memorial cup (new county junior football championship trophy) home with a deserved 8 point victory over gallant neighbours Knockaderry in ideal conditions at Pairc Caoimh Ui Luing Feenagh to remain top of the roll of honour.
The 35th Limerick County Junior B football championship final was played in front of a big crowd who gave great support to their sides played on an excellent pitch with Donncha O’Callaghan of Feohanagh/Castlemahon in charge. Knockaderry played with wind advantage in the opening half but it was Granagh/Ballingarry who mounted the first attack and were awarded a free, kicked wide by their No. 12 Aaron Smith on the second minute. Then the Knockaderry boys from their first real attack were awarded a 30 metre free which minor star Mike Molloy sent straight between the uprights on 4 minutes cancelled out from open play by Granagh/Ballingarry’s No. 14 Denis O’Connor, two minutes later for 0-1 all on 6 minutes. Six minutes later after inaccurate shooting by both sides Séan Duffy split the uprights from open play to put Knockaderry one ahead 0-2 to 0-1 on 11 minutes. A couple of wides were exchanged to leave Knockaderry still one ahead at the end of the first quarter at the water break.
On the resumption of play both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting from 6 minutes before a pair of white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry through Aaron Smith from a placed ball on 22 minutes and Damien O’Donovan from open play two minutes later to leave the west champions one ahead 0-3 to 0-2 on 24 minutes. The final six minutes of this most disappointing opening half saw both sides guilty of many handling errors and poor passing before Donnacha O’Callaghan sounded the short whistle to leave the Granagh/Ballingarry boys still one ahead 0-3 to 0-2. Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the opening 12 minutes of the second half with a trio of unanswered white flags through Cathal O’Keeffe, play, Aaron Smith, free and Denis O’Connor play, to extend their advantage to four 0-6 to 0-2 ahead at the end of the third quarter at the second water break.
The final quarter was again dominated by the west champions with white flags from open play through Aaron Smith on 47 minutes, Denis O’Connor on 50 minutes and Cathal O’Keeffe on 55 and 59 minutes without reply from the Knockaderry boys at the final whistle, Granagh/Ballingarry were worthy eight point winners 0-10 to 0-2 of their fifth Limerick County Junior B football championship title, a first since 2010 to bring the Jim (Twin) Lynch perpetual memorial cup (new county Junior B football championship trophy) home. The Knockaderry boys were gutted to have lost to the Granagh/Ballingarry boys for the third time this season but were very sporting in defeat and wished us the best of luck in the Junior A grade in 2022. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 0-3 from play and 0-2 from frees, Knockaderry scored 0-1 from play and 0-1 from a free.
Granagh/Ballingarry: David Clancy, Thomas O’Donovan, Niall Cahill, captain, Kieran Condron, Luke Flynn, Darragh Casey, Brendan Lynch, David Condron, Edward Sheehy, Séan O’Connor, Jack Cagney, Aaron Smith 0-3 (frees), Cathal O’Keeffe 0-3, Denis O’Connor 0-3, (2 frees), Cathal O’Keeffe 0-3, Denis O’Connor 0-3, Damien O’Donovan 0-1. Sub used Jack O’Donoghue. Other panel members Denis Sheehy, Keith O’Kelly, Eoin Lynch, Gearóid Lynch, Jack Hartnett, Séan Murphy, Brian Mulqueen, William O’Regan, Niall Fitzgerald, Kevin Forde, Michael Russell, Gearóid O’Leary, MJ Purtill, Josh Quill Mulcaire.
Knockaderry: Keith Danaher, Paudie Dore, Patrick Downes, Darragh Lyons, Eoghan McMahon, Mark Danaher, captain, Donagh O’Sullivan, Colm O’Connor, Eamonn Fitzgerald, Ciaran Storin, Jack Molloy, Cormac Lyons, Séan Duffy 0-1, Micheál O’Sullivan Michael Molloy, 0-1 free. Subs used David O’Callaghan, Bryan Mortell, Robert Egan.
Referee: Donnacha O’Callaghan, Feohanagh/Castlemahon.
After the match John Lynch thanked the county board for allowing the Jim (Twin) Lynch Memorial Cup as the new Limerick County Junior B football championship trophy and informed the Granagh/Ballingarry supporters of the difficulties faced by team manager Shane O’Grady in filling teams up to the county semi-final for various reasons. Our own Munster Council delegate Seamus Twomey thanked the Lynch family for presenting the cup to the county board and congratulated Granagh/Ballingarry on winning their fifth County Junior B football championship title. He praised Knockaderry for their part in the final and wished Granagh/Ballingarry luck in the Junior A grade in 2022. He complimented referee Donnacha O’Callaghan and his officials and the Feenagh/Kilmeedy club for having everything in top class order. He then presented the cup jointly with Gramme Lynch to winning captain Niall Cahill to the joy of the large Granagh/Ballingarry support. Niall who was honoured to be their first captain to receive the Jim (Twin) Lynch memorial cup thanked manager Shane O’Grady, selectors Mark O’Sullivan and Andrew Holmes along with first aid official Theresa Noonan and special mention of injured keeper Gearóid O’Leary. Niall complimented Knockaderry and gave them three cheers.
Path to the County Junior B Football Championship
West Junior B Football Championship Group 2
Round 1: Granagh/Ballingarry 1-12, Knockaderry 1-11.
Round 2: Granagh/Ballingarry w.o Newcastle West scr.
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 Junior B Football Championship:
Quarter-final: Granagh/Ballingarry 0-10, Fedamore 0-6. Semi-Final Granagh/Ballingarry 3-13, Claughaun 0-2. Final: Granagh/Ballingarry 0-10, Knockaderry 0-2.
Granagh/Ballingarry keeper David Clancy now join his fellow clubman Ned Cagney with a record three County Junior B football championship medals Ned held medals from 1989, 1996, 2002 and David in 2002, 2010 and 2021.
Granagh/Ballingarry County Junior B Football championship winning captains Padraig Forde 1989, Niall Condron 1996, Micheál Clancy 2002, Micheál Corrigan 2010, Niall Cahill 2021.
Knockaderry County Junior B Football Championship winning captain 1989 Martin Kennedy 1999, Ted Danaher, 2006 Ollie Dowling.
U-10 Football Challenge 2010
The following is the Granagh/Ballingarry U-10 football panel who played Blackrock in a unique game at half-time in the 2010 County Junior football championship final, Granagh/Ballingarry v Blackrock also played on Sunday 21st November in Ballyagran: Aaron Noonan, Adam Long, Bryan Mulqueen, Cathal Kavanagh, Ciara English, Conor Lynch, Daragh Casey, Darren Curtis, David Lynch, Denis Sheehy, Eoin Clifford, Eoin Cronin, Eoin Enright, Gearóid Lynch, Grace Purtill, Jeremy O’Connor, Keith O’Kelly, Luke Flynn, MJ Purtill, Mathew Cronin, Pierce Kirwin, Séan English, Séan O’Connor, Shane Collins, William O’Regan. Coaches John English, James Flynn and Moss McAuliffe, RIP.
County Junior B Football Championship Roll of Honour
1986 Monagea, 1987 Killeedy, 1988 Knockaderry, 1989 Ballingarry, 1990 Mountcollins, 1991 Monagea, 1992 Dromcollogher/Broadford, 1993 Garryspillane, 1994 Castletown/Ballyagran, 1995 Cappagh, 1996 Granagh/Ballingarry, 1997 Caherconlish, 1998 Adare, 1999 Knockaderry, 2000 Ballybricken, 2001 Ballysteen. 2002 Granagh/Ballingarry, 2003 Feenagh/Kilmeedy, 2004 Bruff, 2005 Knockainey, 2006 Knockaderry, 2007 Ballylanders, 2008 Banogue, 2009 Dromcollogher/Broadford, 1010 Granagh/Ballingarry, 2011 Blackrock, 2012 Newcastle West, 2013 Feenagh/Kilmeedy, 2014 Kildimo/Pallaskenry, 2015 Fedamore, 2016 Oola, 2017 Ballybrown, 2018 Dromcollogher/Broadford, 2019 Banogue, 2020 (not played), 2021 Granagh/Ballingarry.
Granagh/Ballingarry ease into quarter final
County U-21 B Hurling Championship Group 2 Round 1
Granagh/Ballingarry recorded their third straight win in group 2 of the County U-21 B hurling championship with an emphatic 31point victory over gallant Croom in ideal conditions on Tuesday 16th November to finish top of the group on 6 points to qualify for a quarter final meeting with group 1 second placed Knockainey on Tuesday 30th November in Kilbreedy at 8pm. A good crowd turned out to watch this game which was played on an excellent pitch with Jonathan Hayes of St. Senan’s in charge. Granagh/Ballingarry were sharper, more direct, showed better touches up front and were too strong for the neighbours. They led at half time 3-14 to 0-6. In the second half Granagh/Ballingarry continued to pile on the pressure and added 16 points to their total to two for their opponents’ credit to the Croom boys who refused to give up and continually took the fight tot heir much stronger opponents. Granagh/Ballingarry were comfortable winners of their third successive brace of points in group 2 of the County U-21 B hurling championship to finish top of the group to qualify for a quarter-final meeting with group 1 second place Knockainey on Tuesday 30th November in Kilbreedy at 8p.m. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 3-25, from play and 0-5 from frees. Croom scored 0-6 from play and 0-2 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Mark O’Shea, Eoin Enright, Eoin Herlihy, Brian Sheehy 0-2, Darragh Casey 0-1, Eoin Lynch, Séan Murphy, Luke Flynn 1-2, Michael Russell 0-10, 5 frees, Gearóid Lynch 0-3, Séan O’Connor 0-6, Brian Mulqueen, Eoin Lynch 0-3, Paudie Murphy 2-2. Subs Cian McCrory 0-1, Padraig McKenna.
Croom: Kyle Hayes, Aaron O’Mahoney, Jake O’Connell, Cian Shinnors, Séan Cregan, Tim Lyons, Stephen O’Dwyer 0-1, Mike Cummins, Mark O’Brien 0-2, Ethan O’Sullivan 0-4, Tomás Dunworth 0-1, Eric Cregan, Jack McMahon, John Lyons, Conor Shahan, Darragh Hayes.
Referee Jonathan Hayes, St. Senan’s.
All Stars Banquet cancelled
Due to the ongoing challenges with Covid the GAA and the GPA with partners PWC have taken the decision to cancel this year’s All Star, Joe McDonagh Cup team of the year and champion 15 team of the year banquet originally planned for the Convention Centre, Dublin on Friday 10th December. This decision has been taken with health and safety in mind.
Note: An awards programme will be broadcast on Friday 10th December from 7p.m. to 8.30pmk. on RTE 2.
Camogie All Stars Awards Banquet Postponed
Due to the ongoing challenges with Covid 19 the Camogie Association have taken the decision to postpone this year’s All Stars Awards ceremony, which was due to take place this Friday 26th November in the Osprey Hotel, Naas. This decision has been taken with health and safety in mind.
Note: The Camogie Association look forward to holding the 2021 All Stars Awards in 2022 when the opportunity presents.
Ladies Football AGM
Granagh/Ballingarry ladies football club will hold the AGM this Friday 26th November in the GAA clubhouse in Ballingarry at 7p.m. They enjoyed a busy and successful year and look forward to progressing again in 2022. All welcome to attend on the night.
November County Club Draw
The next Limerick County GAA Club draw is on this 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 €1,000, 5th exclusive prize of two nights 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 had three winners to date Nora Farragher 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, sigh 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.
All new names to be included in the November 27th draw must be in by today Wednesday 24th November.
County U-21 B Football Championship Group 1
Granagh/Ballingarry played Belville Gaels in their opening game in group 1 of the County U-21 B Football Championship last night under lights in Mountcollins. No result at the time of going to press. They travel to Rhebogue tomorrow Thursday 25th November to play the home side St. Patrick’s at 8p.m. Their final group stage game is provisionally fixed for Sunday 28th November in Ballingarry at 12 noon. Please support.
County U-21 B Hurling Championship quarter-final
Staker Wallace GAA Grounds in Kilbreedy is the venue at 8p.m. for the clash of Granagh/Ballingarry and Knockaderry in the County U-21 B Hurling championship quarter-final. Your support on the night for the boys in black and green and their management would be welcome to cheer them on their bid to back a semi-final spot.
15,900 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the 15,800 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery held on Saturday 20th November in Dinny A’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 14 and 30. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Sarah Dore, promoter online, Maureen Begley, promoter O’Gormans Shop, Chawkes Cross, Granagh, Benjy O’Kelly and family, promoter Paddy Hennessy, Edward Frawley, promoter Conor O’Keeffe.
The next draw for a jackpot of €15,900 will be held on Saturday 27th November. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops and bars and from promoters.
You can now play the weekly draw online and the link to play is available on the club Facebook or twitter which finished at 5p.m. every Saturday. Thank you for your continuing support.
U-21 Hurling Quarter-final Tickets
Tickets for the Granagh/Ballingarry v Knockainey County U-21 B Hurling championship quarter-final in Kilbreedy on Tuesday 30th November at 8p.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-16s. Note no tickets will be on sale at the gate.
Wednesday 24th November:
County Premier U-21 Hurling Championship quarter-finals Garryspillane v Ballybrown in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 7.30pm.
County U-21 A Hurling Championship semi-finals: Cappamore v Kildimo/Pallaskenry in Doon at 7.30p.m. Coshlea Gaels v Blackrock in Knocklong at 7.30p.m.
Thursday 25th November:
County U-21 B Football Championship Group 1 Round 1: Granagh/Ballingarry v St. Patrick’s in Rhebogue at 8p.m.
County U-21 B Football Championship Group 3 Round 2: Galtee Gaels v Claughaun in Kilbreedy at 7.30p.m.
Friday 26th November:
County Premier U-21 Football Championship
Group 1 Round 2: Rathkeale/Cappagh v Newcastle West in Rhebogue 8p.m.
Galbally or Mungret/St. Pauls in Doon at 8p.m.
County Premier U-21 Football Championship Group 2 Round 3: Monaleen v Fr. Casey’s in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale at 8p.m. St. Kieran’s v Na Piarsaigh in Knocklong at 8p.m.
Sunday 28th November:
U-21 A Football Championship Round 3: South Liberties/Crecora v Oola in Crecora at 12 noon.
Drom/Broadford v Cappamore in Dromcollogher at 12 noon.
Ballysteen v Ballylanders in Ballylanders at 12 noon.
County U-21 B Hurling Championship quarter-final: Sarsfields v Knockaderry in Kilbreedy at 12 noon. Templeglantine v St. Kieran’s in Dromcollogher at 12 noon. Dromin-Athlacca v Tournafulla/Killeedy in Feenagh at 12 noon.
County U-21 B Hurling Championship quarter-finals
Sarsfields v Knockaderry in Kilbreedy at 12 noon. Templeglantine v St. Kieran’s in Dromcollogher at 12 noon.
Dromin-Athlacca v Tournafulla/Killeedy in Feenagh at 12 noon.
County U-21 B Football Championship Group 1 Round 3 Prov. Granagh/Ballingarry v Ahane in Ballingarry at 12noon.
Tuesday 30th November
County U-21 B Hurling Championship quarter-final: Granagh/Ballingarry v Knockainey in Kilbreedy at 8p.m.
County U-21 A Football Championship Round 2: Kildimo/Pallaskenry v South Liberties, Crecora in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 7.30p.m.