CAMOGIE CELEBRATION: The local camogie club joined this week with the County Sr. National League Div. 2. Limerick Senior COunty side recorded a most comprehensive 3-14 to 0-10 win over Kildare in the final at St. Brendans Park, Birr, Co. Offaly, last Sunday.
County camogie victories are always heartilly celebrated in the Granagh/Ballingarry club area, and on this occasion the inclusion of two of our combined parishes club camogie players: Fiona Hickey and Sarah Carey, was a great honour for the 2 local players, camogie club and parish.
As the national camogie league has concluded,the championship is already on the agenda, and we can look forward to Tipperary, Cork and Waterford in the Munster clashes and later a trip to Kilkenny and Antrim for the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships.
IN THE NEWS PICTURES: It was with great delight this week to see one of our great promoters of traditional music in the West Limerick news pictures. Pat Brosnan, and his daughter Tina made a lovely picture at the Fleadh by the Feale, last Sunday in Abbeyfeale. The Athea Parish correspondent had missed a number of traditional events due to illness in recent times and all his friends were delighted to welcome Pat back.
Also in Bruff/Bruree area it was great to see Anne Ryan, back on the news pictures with Diarmuid Gavin of RTE, Theresa Culhane and Jackie Ryan.
LOCAL SPORTS DAY SUCCESS: The Granagh/Ballingarry branch of Community Games local “sports day” was a great succeess, and an estimated 200 participants were on the local Ballingarry sportsfield to display and to perform the various spotting talents of the community games programme, in athletics, sprints / middle distance / hurdles / three legged race / family race / egg & spoon / shot/ ball throw etc.
The combined parishes 1st and 2nd prize winners will go forward to compete in the county finals at Mungret in June and are wished the best of luck in their bid for county selections.
LOCAL REHAB DRAW WINNERS: Congratulations to Johanna O’Shea, Helen Meehan, both from Ballingarry, Tom Sheehan, Mounteagle., Bruree, Nora O’Keefe was the Ballingarry promoter and John O’Riordan in the Bruree area. While the Croom promoter had a €100 winner in Sheila Cahill, Kylefea, Croom.
PARISH SOCCER SCENE: Granagh United junior Div. 2.side reached the semi finalof the Desmond Cup, taking on the premier division side from Newcastle West and their courageous display was proudly observed by all the local parish supporters. The 3-1 defeat against the premier selection was actually a most promising performance for further promotion in the Desmond League where the local Div. 2 side are holding 3rd place on current ratings.
U14s have captured their Div. 2 league title with a great finish to an already fine display. U10s are in the a play off for the Div. 1 title which is a real “local derby” and another boost for the future of local soccer clubs.
U12s recorded a 6-0 Div. 2 win against Newcastle West rovers last weekend. They have a good general school boy league to their credit.
U8s reached the finals in Div. 2.
U16s, Div. 1 enjoyed a most successful league run, having reached the semi final of the cup with a very testing challenging encounter against Newcastle West Rovers or Ferry Rangers.
The soccer club jackpot of €14,200 was not won last week, lucky dip winners were Tony Dillon, Ballagran, Anne and Patrick Leahy, Granagh, Garrett Hayes, “Rock Bar”.
Soccer Club weekly draw tickets are on sale early in the week from the soccer club, promoters or area outlets, O’Gormans shop/petrol station, “The Rock Bar”, Granagh, Hickeys Bar, Croom and Bennis’ Bar, Ballyagran.
A STORY AND A SONG: The West Limerick radio show presented by Pat O’Donovan last Saturday afternoon, A Story and A Song, could be described as having an international flavour as special guest was Lisy Aoffortay, a French harpist. A native of Brittany, Lisy played traditional Irish tunes such as “Brian Boru’s march” and “The Cliffs of Dooneen”.