HANDBALL: 2013 has been another very successful year for Hospital Handball Club with 4 All Ireland Titles and 7 Munster Titles.
60x30 Boys U16/17 – Team of 4 – Eoin Hegarty, Geroid Lehane, Michael Whelan, Eoghan Russell. All Ireland Champions, defeated Monaghan.
Jack O’Brien, 2nd skills test.
Feile – Hospital – unlucky to be beaten in the final.
60x30 – Masters B Doubles – Mike O’Connor/Pat Murphy – Munster Champions
60x30 – U21D – Eamon Davern/Richard O’Carroll – Munster Champions.
60x30 – U21S – Eamon Davern – All Ireland Champion.
60x30 – RMS – Munster Champion.
60x30 – Min S – Paudie Quish – All Ireland Champion.
60x30 – JS – JP O’Connor/Mike O’Toole – Munster Champions.
60x30 – Junior – Team of 4 – JP O’Connor, Ken Bourke, John Keyes, Kieran Burke, Mike O’Toole – All Ireland Champions.
Hardball – Junior – All Ireland Final – John Keyes/Eamon Davern.
Hospital One Wall Tournament – Ken Bourke and Michael Whelan.
Bohermore One Wall Tournament – Paul Herr/JP O’Connor.
One Wall Nationals – Represented by Jack O’Brien
The Paul Russell and Danny O’Sullivan Memorial Tournaments made for a great weekend yet again, In the final of the Paul Russell Tournament winners were JP O’Connor and Mike O’Toole. The Danny O’Sullivan Tournament was won by Sheridan and McCarthy.
Bernie Hennessey took on herself to set up on her Facebook page photos of the handball club, the village of Hospital and its people going back over 30 years. It has caused quite a stir and has generated over 1000 hits and has been seen far and wide, both here and overseas. Well done Bernie it is a great page of much interest and information.
MUSICAL: Transition Year students at John the Baptist Community School are in rehearsal for the schools annual musical. This year it is “Hairspray”, produced by Geraldine McNulty, Richell Hurley and Rachel Hayes, musical director Geraldine McNulty. It will be staged February 28 and March 1 at the school. The school musical’s have always enjoyed great success and this year will be no exception.
GAA: Gerry O’Sullivan has been appointed Football Board Delegate. Gary O’Sullivan and Sean McAuliffe will remain as County Board Delegates.
The hurling and football new management team consists of Damian Reale, Paudie Reale, Liam Reale, Johnny McAuliffe, Declan Murphy and Michael Real.
Keep an eye out for posters and ticket sellers for the club’s big annual fundraiser on Good Friday, promises to be a great night.
Season tickets are available for €100, this includes entry to all club matches this year. It is good value, especially as the Premier Intermediate hurling team will have at least 7 championship games. Names to secretary Billy Davern or any committee member. The school gym is in use by the school and indoor hurling training will not start again until Thursday January 23.
BORD NA NOG: The club had their first meeting of the year recently and are hoping to get more volunteers involved in the underage structures this year. They are looking for people to get involved in any way e.g helping U6 and U8 blitzes, to support team work, to selectors, to managers, to committee members etc., all help and support will be greatly appreciated.
GAA President Liam O’Neill, will visit Hospital/Herbertstown GAA club Friday February 14 to officially launch the Bord na Nog 3 year coaching and development plan. It is an honour that the association president is taking the time out to come to the club to help us launch this most important new plan that has been formulated to bring forward the club to be able to look after the modern needs of the club to day and to help it compete at the highest levels as it goes forward. The club hope a large crowd from the parish will attend on the night where all are welcome.
WHITE COLLAR BOXING: Hospital Handball Club will host a White Collar Boxing Fundraising event in the Charlieville Park Hotel Friday March 28 in aid of the clubs new development project. A number of local participants will begin rigorous training in the coming weeks, with a full list of fighters to be published shortly.
The club would appreciate if people could give as much support to them as possible and also to the handball club, which has provided some magical moments to our town and locality for decades. A club steeped in history and one which has provided such magnificent memories to us all. It is certainly etched in our towns folklore. We look forward to your support, many thanks. More to follow in the coming weeks.