Eoin Kennedy and Michael Clancy were confirmed as joint Granagh/Ballingarry intermediate hurling managers and will team up with Dromin/Athlacca due Ger Kelleher (coach) and Donal Walsh strength and conditioning coach. Instead of Pat O’Connor, Newtown who did not seek re-election.
There were two changes in the management committee with Stephen Stapleton replacing Jimmy Chawke as children’s officer and Cormac McCarthy his brother Niall as coaching officer at a very successful and workmanlike club’s AGM held in the new renovated clubhouse in Ballingarry on Friday 17th December where outgoing chairman Andrew Holmes presided and welcomed everyone especially Fr. Tom Carroll PP his first AGM. Present were Andrew Holmes, John Lynch, Adrian Farragher, Michéal Clancy, Eoin Kennedy, Fr. Tom Carroll PP, Mossie O’Connor, David Condron, Jimmy Chawke, David Clancy, Seamus Murphy, John Joe Carmody, Seamus Twomey, Graham Russell, John O’Keeffe and Stephen Stapleton.
Apologies were received from Pat Herlihy.
The minutes of the AGM on 18th December 2020 held virtually via Microsoft teams were taken as read and Mossie O’Connor and Seamus Murphy proposed their adoption.
A copy of the secretary’s report was given to each club member present. The report was taken as read proposed by Seamus Twomey and Jimmy Chawke.
Outgoing treasurer Adrian Farragher gave a detailed account of the club’s financial state which showed a healthy surplus of the year’s operations. Adrian thanked all the people who helped finance the club for the year through the many fundraisers held and all our sponsors for their generosity to both the senior and Bord na nÓg club. He thanked Limerick City County Council for their kind development grant of €3,000 and special mention of Pat Herlihy who has decided to step down from the finance committee after many years of loyal service. After a number of questions the adoption of the treasurer’s report was proposed by Mossie O’Connor and Jimmy Chawke.
Outgoing chairman Andrew Holmes thanked all those who helped him during the year and those who gave of their time voluntarily and made contributions to both the senior and Bord na nÓg clubs and joined the secretary in congratulating all the people who made 2021 such a successful one, both on and off the field with the continued development of our club facilities and winning seven pieces of silverware despite the Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions. He wished us a happy Christmas and successful 2022.
David Condron of the Development Committee in a detailed report stated that the refurbishment of the dressing rooms, clubhouse and gym will be completed yearly in the new year with the laying of astroturf on the floor of the ball alley and a phase development plan for the remainder of the club facilities and training field would be drawn yearly in the new year.
The following officers were elected to guide Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club for 2022:
Chairman Andrew Holmes, vice chairman David Clancy, treasurer Adrian Farragher, assistant treasurer John O’Keeffe, secretary/PRO John Lynch, assistant secretary Liam Carroll, Bord na nÓg chairman Stephen Stapleton, Bord na nÓg secretary Seamus Twomey, children’s officer Stephen Stapleton, Bord na nÓg PRO Seamus Murphy, designated liaison children’s officer Andrew Holmes, registrar John Carroll, coaching officer Cormac McCarthy, IT officer James Flynn, insurance officer Niall Carroll, health and wellbeing officer Aine Healy, Irish officer John O’Riordan
Proposed by John Joe Carmody and Jimmy Chawke.
Many paid tribute to outgoing children’s officer Jimmy Chawke, coaching and games officer Niall McCarthy and finance committee member Pat Herlihy who have decided to step down for their contributions made to the club over many years in very demanding positions.
The following are the results of the draw held on January 1st. There was no winner of the jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 11 and 32. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Louise Noonan – online, Eileen Twomey- Rock Bar, Francis O’Kelly – Eoin Kennedy, Paddy Tierney – Willie Power.
Chairman Andrew Holmes, Secretary John Lynch, Treasurer Adrian Farragher, Assistant Treasurer John O’Keeffe, Registrar John Carroll, Vice Chairman David Clancy, Children’s Officer Stephen Stapleton, Players’ Representative Intermediate Hurling Captain, Bord na nOg Secretary Seamus Twomey, Coaching Officers Cormac McCarthy, Mick Healy, James Flynn, Kevin Carroll, Pat Herlihy, Conor Snow, Mossie O’Connor and Jimmy Chawke, Graham Russell proposed by Seamus Murphy and David Clancy.
The fees were agreed at €40 for adult players (€120 with Club Draw), €20 for students and non players, €15 for Bord na nOg (€120 per family), non players who play €100 Club Draw fee in full will automatically be members for 2022. Fees should be paid on or before March 31st to Club Registrar John Carroll proposed by Seamus Twomey and Stephen Stapleton.
1. Due to reduced number of players at U17 level for 2022, six players will be allowed seek permission to play for Croom in both hurling and football – carried, proposed by Seamus Twomey, seconded by Stephen Stapleton.
2. Medal Presentation function to be held in March if safe to do so – carried, proposed by Seamus Twomey, seconded by John Lynch.
3. Club to discuss option of transfer corporate trustees with current trustees – carried, proposed by Andrew Holmes, seconded by Mossie O’Connor.
Intermediate Hurling joint managers Eoin Kenneth and Michael Clancy. Coach Ger Kelleher (Dromin/Athlacca). Strength and conditioning coach Donal Walsh (Dromin/Athlacca). Stats James Flynn.
Junior A Football manager Shane O’Grady. Selectors Mark O’Sullivan and Andrew Holmes.
U21 Hurling manager Graham Russell. Selectors tbc.
U21 Football manager Edward Sheehy. Selectors tbc.
U19 Hurling manager Graham Russell, selectors tbc.
U19 Football manager Edward Sheehy, selectors tbc.
Proposed by Mossie O’Connor and Seamus Murphy.
The first meeting date for 2022 to be confirmed.
The AGM ended with Fr. Tom Carroll PP saying prayers for deceased members.
A record 56 teams completed the course, an increase of one on 2019 in the 12th annual Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club Knockfierna King of the Hill challenge, in ideal conditions on St. Stephen’s Day.
Adult Competition – First place on 49 shots were Jack O’Donoghue, Liam Barrett and Darragh O’Donoghue. Three teams finished level in second place on 53, Eoin Herlihy, Darragh Casey and Luke Flynn, Emer Hickey and Ronan Mullane, Harry Dore and Stephen Hickey.
Family Section – Sean and Paudie Murphy won the eighth annual family section with 51 shots. Second were Eoin and Tom Enright on 57. Third on 59 shots were Mark O’Shea, Maurice and PJ Noonan.
Thank you to all 56 teams who completed the course, to Seamus and Janet Twomey of the Rock Bar, Granagh who provided the food which was more than welcome. Thank you also to Niall Carroll of O’Sullivan Insurance for their sponsorship, Seamus Murphy and Andrew Holmes for taking photos, the organising committee Andrew Holmes, Niall Carroll, Neil Dunworth, Stephen Stapleton and all the volunteers who helped on the day.
The total amount raised was 6,500 which will go towards the team training fund.
The following were winners in the October, November and December Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club draws held in the Rock Bar, Granagh on Friday 18th December
October – €400 Joe Fitzgerald, promoter Mike Healy; €100 Brian Tagney, promoter Conor O’Keeffe; €100 John Keating, promoter Dinny A; €100 Paula Hartnett, promoter Paddy Hennessy.
November – €400 Margaret O’Kelly, promoter Dinny A; €100 Mike O’Regan, promoter Stephen Stapleton; €100 Dan Henley, promoter Jimmy Chawke; €100 Tom Burke, promoter Mossie O’Gorman.
December – €400 Mark Noonan, promoter Adrian Farragher; €100 Bobby Houlihan, promoter Darren Clifford; €100 John Cagney, promoter Pat Cagney.
As always thank you for your phenomenal support.
Any Granagh/Ballingarry player wishing to be regraded from Intermediate to Junior B hurling for 2022 should contact Club Secretary John Lynch on (087) 2912356 as soon as possible as forms must be returned to the County Secretary by mid January.
County Senior Hurling Championship Final: Kilmallock 1-23, Patrickswell 0-19.
County Senior Hurling Cup Final: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-19, Garryspillane 2-11.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section B Promotion Final: Adare 0-20, South Liberties 1-14.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section A Relegation Final: Ahane 1-21, Ballybrown 1-15.
County Senior Hurling Championship Section B Relegation Final: Blackrock 0-20, Monaleen 0-18.
County Senior Hurling League Final: Adare 2-20, Ballybrown 2-10.
County Senior Football Championship Final: Newcastle West 1-8, Adare 0-5.
County Senior Football Championship Relegation Final: Galbally 3-12, Na Piarsaigh 2-6.
County Senior Football League Final: Monaleen 1-9, Newcastle West 0-6.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Final: Mungret/St. Paul’s 4-17, Cappamore 1-12.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final: Bruff 0-16, Murroe/Boher 0-13.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final: Effin 0-22, Croagh/Kilfinny 0-15.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Relegation Final: Feohanagh/Castlemahon 2-15, Tournafulla 0-11.
County Intermediate Hurling League Final: Croagh/Kilfinny 2-18, Ballybricken/Boherma?? 1-11.
County Intermediate Football Championship: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 2-10, Rathkeale 0-14.
County Intermediate Football Championship Relegation Final: Crecora/Mainister beat Monaleen.
County Intermediate Football League Final: Athea 2-18, Monagea 1-14.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Final: Caherline 1-13, St. Kierans 0-10.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Relagation Final: Old Christians 2-14, Monaleen 0-15.
County Junior A Hurling League Final: South Liberties 2-14, Mungret/St. Paul’s 1-8.
County Premier Junior A Football Championship Final: Fr. Casey’s 2-8, Newcastle West 1-7.
County Premier Junior A Football Championship Relegation: Hospital/Herbertstown relegated to Junior A for 2022.
County Junior A Football Championship Final: Feenagh/Kilmeedy 1-9, Camogue Rovers 0-10.
County Junior A Football League Final: Ballybricken/Bohermore 1-8, Feenagh/Kilmeedy 1-6.
County Junior A Football Championship Relegation: Dromcollogher/Broadford relegated to Junior B for 2022.
County Junior B Hurling Championship Final: Blackrock 0-16, Bruff 0-11.
County Junior B Hurling League Final: Ballybricken/Bohemore 3-12, Tournafulla 1-6.
County Junior B Football Championship Final: Granagh/Ballingarry 0-10, Knockaderry 0-2.
County U21 A Premier Hurling Championship Final: Doon 3-19, Na Piarsaigh 1-14.
County U21 A Hurling Championship Final: Cappamore 1-10, Coshlea Gaels 0-8.
County U21 B Hurling Championship Final: Granagh/Ballingarry 0-18, Dromin/Athlacca 0-7.
County Premier U21 Football Championship Final: Fr. Casey’s 2-13, Galbally 0-12.
County U21 A Football Championship Final: Adare 0-13, Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-10 AET, Adare won on penalties 4-3.
County U21 B Football Championship Final: Ahane 2-7, St. Patrick’s 0-8.
County Premier U19 Hurling Championship Final: Ballybrown 2-30, Monaleen 1-17.
County U19 B Hurling Championship Final: Naomh Eoin 3-6, Cois Laoi Gaels 1-11.
County U19 B Hurling Championship Final: Kildimo/Pallaskenry 1-16, St. Kieran’s 0-10.
County Premier U19 Football Championship Final: Mungret/St. Paul’s 4-10, St. Patrick’s 2-9.
County U19 A Football Championship Final: St. Kieran’s 3-10, Croom 0-7.
County U19 B Football Championship Final: ?????????
Knockaderry GAA Club have hosted the Munster Junior B Club Football Championship since 2005 and will continue to host it again this year, (Covid restrictions permitting). Five County Championship winning teams Granagh/Ballingarry (Limerick) defeated finalists in 2010, Moyvane (Kerry), Parteen (Clare), Nenagh Eire Og (Tipperary), Randal Og (Cork) and The Nire (Waterford) will participate. The draw for the competition will be made in the coming weeks and will be a knockout competition over consecutive Sundays.
Thank you to the Knockaderry Club for the invite to participate in the competition.
There was no winner of the €16,400 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Saturday 1st January at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 11 and 32. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Louse Noonan, promoter online; Eileen Twomey,
promoter Rock Bar, Granagh; Francis O’Kelly, promoter Eoin Kennedy; Paddy Tierney, promoter Willie Power.
The next draw for a jackpot of €16,500 will be held on Saturday 8th January in Buckley’s Bar, Ballingarry. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops, bars and from promoters. You can now also play the weekly draw online and the link to play is available on the Club’s Facebook or Twitter, which finishes at 6pm every Saturday. Thank you for your continued support.
Wednesday 5th January – McGrath Cup Senior Football Group B Round 1: Kerry v Limerick in Austin Stack Park, Tralee at 7pm.
Thursday 6th January – McGrath Cup Senior Football, Group A, Round 1: Clare v Cork in Hennessy Memorial Park, Miltown Malbay at 7pm.
Saturday 8th January – Munster Senior Hurling Cup Quarter Final: Kerry v Tipperary in Austin Stack Park, Tralee at 2pm.
Sunday 9th January – McGrath Cup Senior Football Group B, Round 2: Limerick v Tipperary in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 2pm.
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championhsip Final: Kilmoyley (Kerry) v Courcey Rovers (Cork) in Páirc nan Gael, Limerick at 1.30pm.
Tuesday 11th January – McGrath Cup Senior Football, Group 1, Round 3: Cork v Waterford in Páirc Uí Rinn at 7pm.
Wednesday 12th January – McGrath Cup Senior Football, Group 1, Round 3: Tipperary v Kerry in Dr. Morris Park, Thurles at 7pm.
Friday 14th January – Munster Senior Hurling Cup Semi Finals: Limerick v Tipperary or Kerry in Páirc na nGael at 7pm; Clare v Waterford in Sixmilebridge at 7pm.
Saturday 15th January – Munster Senior Hurling Cup Final.
Wishing a happy new year to all in our club, to our friends in the Weekly Observer/Vale Star and to people everywhere who have read our column over the past 30 years.