ST KIERAN’S GAA
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi Final: St. Kieran’s vs The Banner, Ennis
This Saturday afternoon we make the trip across the Shannon to Cusack Park Ennis to take on Clare representatives The Banner in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi Final. Both clubs come into the game with a two-week break following their respective victories over Drom/Broadford and Kilgarvan on November 5 and will be hoping to put in a strong performance and secure a Munster final berth against the winners of Waterford Champions Colligan and reigning and defending Munster Club Champions Ballygiblin of Cork. From a St. Kieran’s perspective, we make our return to the Munster Club championship following our historic County Championship success ten day’s ago on a day when the team put the shoulder to the wheel and regrouped from a four-point deficit at the interval to come away with a four-point victory over a determined and well drilled Drom/Broadford side. The Banner come into the game as the Clare representative despite not winning the 2022 Clare Junior Championship. Despite being one of the pre-championship favourites they made their exit at the quarter final stages following defeat to their crosstown rivals Eire Óg of Ennis. As the Banner were the last remaining ‘A’ team in the Clare championship they were chosen to represent Clare in the Championship. The Banner had an excellent Munster Quarter final victory when they made the long journey to Killarney to see off the stern challenge of Kerry Intermediate Champions Kilgarvan by three points in a game that saw the impressive Clare senior panellist Shane Meehan score an excellent 2.11 of their 2.15 tally and he will no doubt take serious marking on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s game will undoubtedly be a keenly contested game between two sides eager to get to the Munster Club final. We are looking to get to our second Munster final having contested the 2012 decider losing narrowly by two points to Kildorrery of Cork following victories over Kilsheelan/Kilcash of Tipperary and Kenmare Shamrocks of Kerry en route. Clare club’s record at this level has been quite disappointing with Newmarket-on-Fergus being the only Clare club to contest a Munster final, defeating Dromina from Cork in the 2003 decider and there is no doubt that the Clare club will be hellbent on improving the banner counties record at this level on Saturday. The Banner were extremely impressive in their quarter final victory over Kilgarvan with the aforementioned Shane Meehan excelling, but with a nucleus of the team which captured the Clare U21 ‘C’ Championship in 2021 they will provide us with a stern test and we will have to play with the same level of intensity that we have throughout our previous eight championship encounters if we are to advance to the Munster decider. Having tasted divisional and county success at various underage levels over the last number of years last weekend’s county final victory was the first major adult success for many of the panel. Hopefully the 2022 County final success will instil our lads with further confidence to push for a place in the Munster final which would be another huge boost for our club during these exciting times on and off the pitch. Saturday’s game throws in at 1.15 in Cusack Park, Ennis. We will be providing live updates on our WhatsApp updates group and Twitter throughout the game for those of you that can’t attend. Once again, we would encourage all the Kieran’s faithful to make the journey to Ennis to lend your support to the lads. The support the team has got throughout the year has been fantastic especially in the County final and it was a great help in getting us across the line.
Our 2022 Annual General Meeting will take on Friday December 9 in Ardagh Hall where a variety of issues will be discussed. We would encourage all club members and all those who would like to contribute to the club in the upcoming twelve months to attend.
St Kieran’s GAA New Pitch Donation/fundraising fund.
Donations are continuing to come for the new pitch donation fund as can be seen from the donation barometer at the top cross In Ardagh. We sincerely thank all those who have contributed to date. Receipts will be issued in due course.
All donations will be acknowledged on a ‘donation wall’ in the later phases of the project.
Ní neart go cur lé chéile.
2022 Charity Road Hurling:
Our annual charity road hurling will once again take place on December 27 around our traditional 4km route in Ardagh starting and finishing at the Bottom Cross. This event has grown from strength to strength since its inception and the support and generosity of the entire community is greatly appreciate by all concerned. The event is open to participants of all ages. Teams of three. €10 per person. We will be announcing our chosen charities for the 2022 edition in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you all on December 27.
U21 Hurling & Football:
Our u21 hurlers have advanced to the quarter final of the County Championship this Sunday November 20 where Ballybricken/Bohermore will be our opponents. With many of the team currently part of the Junior ‘A’ Hurling panel hopefully the lads can put in another strong performance and book their place in the County Semi Final. Our u21 footballers get their County Championship underway on Sunday December 4 when they travel to Adare to face off against Mungret/St. Pauls
Ardagh Development Association & St Kierans GAA Club Lottery Draw
Results for Monday 14th November 2022 as follows.
Numbers Drawn 10, 11, 21, 25
€40 Paul Mullins c/o Nearys
€40 Eoin McEnery (Online)
€40 Noreen Ambrose Lee (Online)
€40 Owen Hayes Jnr (Online)
€40 Cath O Donnell c/o Neary
Next Draw Monday 21st November 2022 with a jackpot of €10,400
Thank you for playing and for supporting our lotto. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.