Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Notes:
Granagh/Ballingarry make it to first West B League Final since 2017:
West Junior B Hurling League Semi-final
A sunny Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Tuesday 6th June Granagh/Ballingarry recorded a deserved seven point 3-14 to 1-13 victory over gallant neighbours Croagh/Kilfinny to qualify for their first West Limerick Junior B Hurling League Final since 2017 against Kildimo/Pallaskenry played on Tuesday 13th June in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.
The game was played in front of a small crowd for a West League semi-final on an excellent pitch with Michael Browne of Dromcollogher/Broadford in charge. Croagh/Kilfinny No. 12 Bryan Meade hit over the upright straight from the throw in before Granagh/Ballingarry No. 13 Eoin Horgan finished past the Croagh/Kilfinny keeper Cian Sheehy to leave it 1-0 to 0-1 in favour of the boys in black and green on 2 minutes. Then white flags were traded by John O’Grady from a placed ball on 4 minutes and Geoff Foley from open play on 5 minutes before a trio of white flags for the Croagh/Kilfinny boys from open play in a four-minute spell through Mike O’Connell, Declan Mullane and Geoff Foley to leave them one ahead, 0-5 to 1-1 on 9 minutes. Then white flags were traded by Colm Noonan from a 65 on 11 minutes and Mike O’Connell (play) on 13 minutes, Brian Meade (play) on 15 minutes and Gerard Lynch (play) two minutes later to leave the Croagh/Kilfinny boys still one ahead 0-7 to 1-3 on 17 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate striking in the next four minutes before Granagh/Ballingarry No. 11 Colm Noonan hit 1-1 in a four-minute spell to leave his side three ahead, 2-4 to 0-7 on 25 minutes. Declan Mullane won a point back for Croagh/Kilfinny on 26 minutes before the boys in black and green finished the opening half strong with a trio of white flags from place ball courtesy of Colm Noonan (two) and John O’Grady followed by a second Eoin Horgan green flag to leave Granagh/Ballingarry leading at the interval by 8, 3-7 to 0-8.
Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the opening 10 minutes after the interval with four unanswered white flags from open play through Colm Noonan, Gearoid Lynch, Pat Carroll and Padraig McKenna before Declan Mullane on 42 minutes and Geoff Foley, three minutes later won points back from open play for Croagh/Kilfinny to leave ten between the sides Granagh/Ballingarry 3-11, Croagh/Kilfinny 0-10 at the end of the third quarter. A couple of wide were exchanged before a trio of white flags for Granagh/Ballingarry through substitutes won, Lynch (free) on 47 minutes, Jim O’Keeffe (pla6y) on 49 minutes and No. 11 Colm Noonan (free) three minutes later to leave it 3-14 to 0-10 in favour of the boys from Knockfierna on 52 minutes. The Croagh/Kilfinny boys far from being overawed had a cracking goal courtesy of Bryan Meade on 54 minutes followed by a trio of white flags courtesy of Mick O’Connor from placed balls on 56 and 58 minutes and Geoff Foley from open play on 61 minutes, which was too little too late for the boys in blue and white. At the final whistle Granagh/Ballingarry were worthy seven point, 3-14 to 1-13 winners of a place in the West Junior B Hurling League Final for the first time since 2017 against Kildimo/Pallaskenry played on Tuesday 13th June in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 7.30pm. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 3-7 from play, 0-6 from frees and 0-1 from a 65. Croagh/Kilfinny scored 1-11 from play and 0-2 from frees.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Mickey O’Keeffe, Eoin Enright, Ger Ryan, Brendan Lynch, John Carroll, Marcus Moore, Pat Carroll 0-1, Edward Sheehy, Brian Sheehy, Colm Noonan 1-6, 0-3 frees, 0-1 65, Gearoid Lynch 0-2, Eoin Horgan 2-0, John O’Grady 0-2 frees, Padraig McKenna 0-1. Subs used Owen Lynch 0-1 free, Jim O’Keeffe 0-1, Kieran Condron, Brian Mulqueen and Niall Carroll.
Croagh/Kilfinny: Cian Sheehy, Gearoid Lowry, Liam Lenihan, Jack Shiels, Jim Lenihan, Richard Lenihan, Kevin Dee, Colin Barry, Nessan Leahy, Declan Mullane 0-2, Mike O’Connell, 0-4, 2 feres, Bryan Meade 1-3, Geoff Foley 0-4, Thomas Neville, Elliot Roche. Subs used Mark Storan, Eoin Barry, Conor Lenihan, Kenneth Lenihan, Eoin Sweeney.
Referee Michael Browne, Dromcollogher/Broadford
Mountcollins bridge thirteen-year gap
West Junior A Football League/Championship Final:
Mountcollins with a strong all round team performance took their first West Junior A Football Championship title since 2009 with a seven point, 2-7 to 0-6 victory over gallant holders Granagh/Ballingarry at sunny Newcastle West on Thursday evening. A small crowd attended this 98th West Junior A Football Championship Final. It was played on an excellent pitch with John McGrath of Monagea in charge. Holders Granagh/Ballingarry dominated the opening six minutes with a pair of white flags from open play. Then after 8 minutes of scoreless play Matthew Brouder finally opened the Mountcollins boys’ account when he split the uprights after calling for a mark at the end of the first quarter. A couple of wides were exchanged before a pair of white flags for Mountcollins courtesy of Korey Keogh from open play on 19 minutes and Matthew Brouder from a placed ball two minutes later to leave the red and whites one ahead, 0-3 to 0-2 on 21 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting, particularly Granagh/Ballingarry in the next few minutes before Matthew Brouder of Mountcollins found the range when he split the uprights from a placed ball on 29 minutes to seal his side in at the interval leading by two, 0-4 to 0-2.
Donal O’Grady with a well taken point from open play reduced the deficit to one in the second minute after the interval before Sean Lane of Mountcollins finished past Granagh/Ballingarry keeper David Clancy three minutes later to leave four between the sides, Mountcollins 1-4, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-3. Dona O’Grady raised his second white flag from open play for Granagh/Ballingarry on 37 minutes before substitute Cian O’Sullivan raised the boys in red and white second green flag two minutes later to leave six between the sides, Mountcollins 2-4, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-5 on 39 minutes. Then after eight minutes of scoreless play Matthew Brouder of Mountcollins finally found he range when he split the uprights from a placed ball on 48 minutes cancelled out by Aaron Smith from another placed ball two minutes later to leave six again between the two sides Mountcollins 2-5 Granagh Ballingarry 0-5 on 50 minutes. Both sides were guilty of inaccurate shooting particularly Granagh Ballingarry in the next four minutes before white flags were traded from open play by Donal O’Grady on 55 minutes and Mathew Brouder two minutes later to leave six still between the sides on 57 minutes. Wides were exchanged before Paddy Hartnett extended the Mountcollins boys to seven when he split the uprights following a good solo run on 59 minutes. The Granagh Ballingarry created a good number of good scoring chances in the final couple of minutes which they failed to convert against a firm Mountcollins were seven points 2-7 to 0-6 winners to claim their first West Junior A Football Championship title since 2009. The Granagh Ballingarry boys were gutted to have lost by seven points, the kicking of thirteen wides in the opening 20 minutes cost them at the end. Mountcollins scored 2-3 from play 0-3 from frees and 0-1 from a mark. Granagh Ballingarry scored 0-4 from play and 0-2 from frees.
Mountcollins: Batt Dillane, Enda McBrien, Maurice O’Connor, Eli Morris, John O’Connell, Gerard Scannell (captain), Timothy Walsh, Evan Lacey, Sean Lane (1-0), Conor Moroney, Paddy Hartnett (0-1), Zac Ryan, Korey Keogh (0-1), Conor Healy, Mathew Brouder (0-5, 3 frees, 1 mark). Subs used: Cian O’Sullivan (1-0), Donagh Walsh, John Lenihan.
Granagh Ballingarry: David Clancy, Eoin Casey, Niall Cahill, Kieran Condron, Brian Sheehy, Darragh Casey, Pat Carroll, Luke Flynn, Josh Quelle Mulcare, Aaron Smith (0-2, 1 free), Donal O’Grady (0-3), Edward Sheehy, Eoin Horgan, Denis O’Connell (0-1), Padraig McKenna. Subs used: Gearoid Lynch and Jack Hartnett.
Referee: John McGrath (Monagea).
Presentation: After the match, Johnny Walsh PRO of the West Limerick GAA Board presented the cup to the winning Mountcollins captain Gearoid Scannell.
Adare Ease in to Final:
West Senior Hurling League/Championship Seni Final
Adare 2-26 Granagh Ballingarry 1-10
Holders Adare recorded a comfortable 19 point 2-26 to 1-10 victory over gallant very much under strength gallant Granagh Ballingarry at Adare on Saturday evening to qualify for their fourth West Senior Hurling league/championship semi-final played in front of a good attendance despite the yearly 5pm throw-in. Adare’s new excellent pitch where they now have floodlights installed. Adare were sharper, more direct, showed better touches upfront and were too strong for their under-strength opponents. They led at the interval 1-15 to 0-2. In the second half Adare continued to pile on their pressure and added 1-11 to their total to 1-8 for their opponent’s credit to the Granagh Ballingarry boys who refused to give up and continually took the fight to their much stronger opponents. At the final whistle the home side were comfortable nineteen point 2-26 to 1-10 winners to qualify for their West Senior Hurling championship final in a row against neighbours Croagh Kilfinny. Adare scored 2-18 from play and 0-8 from free’s. Granagh Ballingarry score 1-2 from play and 0-8 from frees.
Granagh Ballingarry: Denis O’Connor, Eoin Casey, John Keily, Niall Cahill, Colm Noonan, Jack Cagney, Ronan Mullane, Josh Quelle Mulcare (0-1), Brian Sheehy, Luke Flynn, Darragh Casey, Michael Russell (0-9, 8 frees), Eoin Horgan, Gearoid Lynch, Owen Lynch. Subs used: Eoin Lynch (0-1).
Adare scorers: Willie Griffin (1-8, 0-5 free’s), John Fitzgibbon (0-6, 3 free’s), Charlie McCarthy (1-3), Brendan O’Connor (0-5), David O’Mahony (0-21), John McSweeney (0-1), No.15 (0-1).
Referee: Tom MacGlinchey (Newport).
Limerick Claim Fifth Straight Munster Title and Mick Mackey Cup:
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final
Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-22
Hearty congratulations to the Limerick hurlers and manager John Kiely and our own Donal O’Grady and the rest of the management team on winning their 24th Munster Senior Hurling Championship a first five-in-a-row only achieved by neighbours Cork on three occasions 1901-1905, 1975-1979 and 1982-1986 and the Mick Mackey Memorial Cup with a thrilling one point 1-23 to 1-22 victory over gallant neighbours Clare at sunny Pairc nan Gael on Sunday played in front of a crowd of 43,700. Limerick now head straight into the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-finals on either Saturday July 8th or Sunday July 9th.
Hearty congratulations to Eoghan Kiely of St. Joseph’s National School, Granagh who played for the Limerick Primary Schools hurling team against Clare at half time at Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship final in Pairc nan Gael. This was a great honour for Eoghan his family, school and his club Granagh Ballingarry.
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final
Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-22
West Senior Hurling league/championship semi-finals
Adare 2-26 Granagh Ballingarry 1-10 Croagh Kilfinny 0-20 Newcastle West 0-11
West Junior B Hurling league semi-finals
Granagh Ballingarry 3-14 Croagh Kilfinny 1-13
Kildimo Pallaskenry 1-18 Feohanagh Castlemahon 1-13
City/East Junior A Hurling Championship Final
Ballybrown 2-23 Mungret St. Pauls 2-23
South Junior A Hurling Championship Final
Bruree 2-16 Bruff 3-9
West Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Askeaton 2-14 Tournafulla 1-13
South Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Knockainey 2-18 Kilmallock 1-19
City Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Patrickswell 5-22 Caherline 2-28
West Limerick Senior Football Championship Final
St. Kieran’s 1-9 Newcastle West 1-7
City Senior Football Championship Final
Monaleen 1-12 Mungret St. Paul’s 0-8
South Senior Football Championship Final
Galtee Gaels 2-9 Oola 0-6
City Junior A Football Championship Final
Ballybrown 2-9 Oola 1-7
South Junior A Championship Final
Ballylanders 2-14 Castletown Ballyagran 0-7
West Junior A Football Championship Final
Mountcollins 2-7 Granagh Ballingarry 0-6
West Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Finals
Fr. Casey’s 3-13 Athea 0-7
Cappagh 3-14 Feohanagh Castlemahon 0-9
West Intermediate Football Championship Final
Cappagh w.o Fr. Casey’s scr
Tailteann Cup Quarter Final:
The best of luck to the Limerick Senior Footballers and their management team who play Laois on this Saturday 17th June in Pairc na nGael in the Tailteann Cup Quarter Final. Please support.
All Provincial Champions Titles Retained in 2023
2023 is the first time in the 139 history of the GAA that the Senior Football and Hurling Provincial Champions have been identical to previous years. Kerry, Dublin, Galway and Derry in football and Limerick and Kilkenny in the hurling all retained their provincial senior titles.
July County Club Draw:
The next Limerick County GAA Club draw is on Saturday 10th June 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 hotel break, 6th to 9th €500, 10th to 13th €300, 14th to 30th €200. Granagh Granagh Ballingarry had approximately 117 members in the first draw in April. If you would like to still renew your membership, please follow the link Limerickgaa.ie/clublimerick-draw-signup/ 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 members to be included in the May draw must be in by Wednesday 21st June at 12 noon.
Best of luck to Granagh/Ballingarry students and students everywhere who are doing their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations at the moment.
The Granagh Ballingarry Cúl Camp will be held in Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club grounds in Ballingarry from Monday July 3rd to Friday 7th July. Booking is now accepted online on www.kellogs.gaa.ie/booking.
Granagh Ballingarry players membership can still be renewed online at www.foireann.ie. Any players not currently registered who incur injury will not be covered by GAA Insurance and will have to cover all costs including medical and loss of earnings. So we ask all players to register at www.foireann.ie as soon as possible Adult members €40 student €25.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club’s tops, hoodies, tracksuits, jackets, shorts and socks can now be ordered online at www.larochasports.ie product-category/clubs/granagh/ballingarry
€10,300 Jackpot on Saturday:
There was no winner of the €10,200 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club Lottery draw on Saturday 10th June in Condron’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 16 and 17. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Donal O’Brien, promoter online; Olly O’Brien, promoter Rock Bar, Granagh, Johnny and Ann Sheehan, promoter John Lynch; Gerald Cronin, promoter Danny A’s Bar, Ballingarry.
The next draw for a jackpot of €10,300 will be held on Saturday 17th June in The Rock Bar, Granagh. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops, bars and promoters. You can also play the weekly draw online and the link is available on the club’s Facebook and Twitter which finishes at 6pm every Saturday.
Thank you for your continued support.
June South/East Intermediate Football Championship Final
Camogue Rovers v Camogue Rovers in Caherelly at 7.30pm
County Senior Football League Semi-Final
Galtee Gaels v St. Kieran’s in Ballingarry at 7.30pm
Friday 16th June
County Junior A Football League Semi-Final
Ballybrown v Ballylanders in Caherelly at 7.30pm
Saturday 17th June
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Preliminary Quarter-Finals
Tailteann Cup Senior Football Quarter Finals
Limerick v Laois in Pair na nGael at 3pm
Sunday 18th June
Intermediate Hurling Challenge
Granagh Ballingarry v Ardfert in Ballingarry at 12 noon.