Mungret St Paul’s GAA Club Notes:

Junior Camogie:
Our Junior Camogie 12-a-side team took on Killeedy on Sunday morning last for the next round in the league. Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted, with Killeedy going away with the win.
Full time score: MSPCamogie 0-03 Killeedy 3-17
Thanks to referee Cyril Doolan.

Ladies Football:
On saturday last the Intermediate team were out again to play in the semi final replay against Galtee Gaels. This again was a tough contest. Mungret took the lead early on and were up at half time 9 points to Galteegaels 4. Once again nothing could separate the sides so it went to extra time. Galteegaels pulled away here and ended up winners. The players gave it their almighty best, but were in hard luck at the finish. Well done to the players for their commitment, hard work , positive attitude and sportsmanship throughout the year from the management.
Sunday saw our two u14 teams in county finals. First up was the younger team, all of which are underage again next year, they played OldMill in a very sporting contest but unfortunately the result wasnt in Mungrets favour. Final score Mungret 2.02 Old Mill 3.06
The second final was Mungret v Galtee Gaels, the teams tried their hardest but came up short in the end Final score Mungret 3.03 Galtee Gaels 3.06. Well done to all players and management involved. It is fantastic that Mungret have enough players to field two teams at this age group.
Gaelic4Mothers&Others continues every tuesday evening at 8pm in the BallWall astro training area. New members always welcome. Contact Cath 0876533347 for more information.

Junior A Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 1-18 St. Patricks 0-16
On Tuesday 3 October 2023 under lights in Caherdavin our Junior A hurlers took on St. Patricks. This was a game that saw both sides level at half time with Mungret St. Pauls getting the goal to push them over the line and onto the Semi Final stages.
Mungret St. Pauls did not waste time from the throw in they had five points built up against St. Patricks one point in the first six minutes, it was at this stage that St. Patricks found their feet and began to hit back on the score board. With ten minutes left in the first half St. Patricks had evened the scores, there were a few more scores shared between the two sides, leaving the sides on nine points each by the break.
In the second half there was very little seperating the two sides as each point scored was equalled by the opposition five times. St. Patricks went two points up when Mungret St. Pauls reply was to raise the green flag, this goal seemed to hit a switch as St. Patricks were prevented from any more scores with Mungret St. Pauls hitting a run of four points to win by five by the final whistle.
They now go on to play Monagea in the Semi Final on Sunday 15 October 2023 at 1pm in Adare.

U-17 Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 4-12 Glenquin Gaels 0-13
It was a warm morning on Sunday 8 October 2023 when our U-17 Division 2 Hurling team played Glenquin Gaels in the Semi Final. Mungret St. Pauls got in early scores, finishing the first half with a good scoring difference, Glenquin Gales came back in the second half but Mungret St. Pauls held them off until the final whistle.
Mungret St. Pauls had a strong lead with three goals and seven points to Glenquin Gaels two points before the opposition hit a purple patch near the end of the first half when they scored four points unanswered. This continued into the second half when they added on another four points while Mungret St. Pauls hit the net again for the last time in the match. This left a comfortable nine point lead to Mungret St. Pauls but Glenquin Gales were taking no hostages as they fought hard on the pitch for possession, Mungret St. Pauls held strong only allowing Glenquin Gales to come as close as seven points between the two sides.
There was great team work shown on the pitch as each player got stuck in and helped keep the ball moving in the right direction. A nine point win is where the game ended with Mungret St. Pauls going on to play in the Final.

Raymond O Hagan Tournament:
The great sunshine and the use of the Asto pitch really made the day on Sunday 8 October 2023 when Mungret St. Pauls U-13 Football coaches hosted the Raymond O’Hagan Tournament. Only in its second year this was ran very well with two matches being played at the same time. Before the day kicked off all teams were paraded in front of their supporters as they cheered each team on. There were teams from Ballyduff, Lissycasey, Liscarroll, EireOg Ennis, Newport and near neighbours Kildimo Pallaskenry.
Each team played within one of two groups with one playing on the Astro Pitch while the Mungret St. Pauls team and their group played on the Senior Pitch. There was a feast of football on show throughout the day with great scores going over and some fantastic team work as the ball was played up pitches. In group one Newport and EireOg Ennis both finished with two wins and a draw, while in group two Lissycasey won both their matches with Mungret St. Pauls in second with a win and a loss. The last three teams then played for the Shield, as there were only three teams for the shield and with Ballyduff in third place in their group they received a bye straight into the final with Kildimo Pallaskenry and Liscarroll both fighting it out in the Shield Semi Final where Kildimo Pallsakenry got their first win of the day and a place in the Shield final.
Mungret St. Pauls were first up against Eire Og Ennis in the Cup Semi Finals where both sides had little seperating them but it came down to a last minute goal for Mungret St. Pauls to manage the win by the full time whistle. Next up were Lissycasey and Newport, with last years cup winners Lissycasey leading most of the match, Newport managed to get the ball into the net near the end of the game to leave them up against Mungret St. Pauls in the final.
The shield Final was Kildimo Pallaskenry and Ballyduff to play it out, this was a tight game with Ballyduff throwing the kitchen sink at Kildimo Pallaskenry and putting a lot of pressure on the goalie when the last few minutes were ticking away and Ballyduff badly needed a goal but this was not to happen for them as time ran out and Kildimo Pallaskenry won the shield.
In the Cup final Mungret St. Pauls put in some trojan work and it worked out for them but Newport did not make it easy as they fought hard. By the end of the game Mungret St. Pauls had kept the lead to win the Raymond O’Hagan cup. The presentation took place outside the community Centre with Brendan Casey thanking all who took part and especially for traveling to play. We would also like to express our thanks to the parents for their fantastic spread of food for all, noone went hungry with the help of the parents manning the kitchen on the day. The tournament could not of ran so smoothly without all the volunteers, they were led by Noel Kelly and Brendan Casey but it was great to see so many there to give a hand and help out on the day, Thank you.
On behalf of the O’Hagan family, Kevin who also was one of our referees on the day along with Donie Browne spoke of how his dad, Raymond would have loved to see all the football that was played and to see the club in its new development. The Shield was presented to the Kildimo Pallaskenry Captain and the Raymond O’Hagan cup was presented to Mungret St. Pauls captain, Sean Casey. Well done to all players.