DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to local member of the ICMSA Jim Houlihan, Style Park on being honoured with a presentation from the president of the National ICMSA in recognition of Jim’s loyal contribution to the organisation at local, county, provincial and national level, Jim Houlihan is also a former county councillor and in this area gave a long and admirable service.
Our second congratulations goes to Kate O’Gorman of Grange National School on attaining 3rd place in the recent INTO National Handwriting awards and received her INTO scroll from the president of the INTO Anne Fay.
We convey the local communities thanks to both presidents for honouring the achievements of both Kate and Jim and can echo the sentiments of the locality, that the recognition was fully deserved.
GAELIC GAMES CLUB: Under 21 hurlers enjoyed a high scoring 5 – 15 to 3 – 17, second round county championship 13-a-side win over Dromin/Athlacca on the bank holiday at Ballingarry.
The very lively contest featured seven members of the team putting their names on the scoreboard, including super sub Kevin O’Kelly with two goals, lined out with Colm Noonan, Stephen Hickey, Eoin Casey, Kevin Mulcahy, Kevin O’Donovan, Kieran O’Donovan, Sean Lenihan, Pa Healy, Padraig Lynch, Alan Chawke, Enda Curtin, David Condron, Brian Noonan, Damien Noonan, Kevin O’Kelly.
The above panel joined with Feenagh/Kilmeedy were narrowly defeated by Allaughaun Gaels in Tournafulla/Templeglantine combination 1 – 13 to 0 – 11 in the third round of the U-21 hurling championship.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA club members are reminded that membership is now due €40 for adults, students €20, under 18 and Bord na nOg €10 per member. The club sends best wishes for a speedy recovery to Limerick senior hurling captain Donal O’Grady, Granagh/Ballingarry and Croom jockey John Thomas McNamara, who is making steady progress in hospital in England.
€13,900 SOCCER DRAW: Granagh United soccer club lottery draw prize will be €13,900 for next weeks draw.
Recently lucky dips were won by Mick Fitzgerald, Pat Cagney, Pat Casey, Tom O’Gorman, Nuala Tierney, Jason Kenny.
Tickets for the big prize at €2 or €50 for an annual contribution will be available from the soccer club promoters and at outlets in the area, O’Gorman’s Petrol Station, Chawke’s Cross, The Rock Bar, Granagh, Hickey’s Bar, Croom, Bennis’s Bar, Ballyagran.
A quick glance at the Desmond League table shows our juniors in 3rd place Division 2, which is a very creditable performance by our adult panel. Under 14s in Division 2 hold a very praiseworthy five wins out of five games played and one of their most exciting victories 2 – 1 over neighbours Ballingarry. The local derby featured a last minute goal by sharp shooter John Geary to sway the victory our way in other age groups from U-8 to U-16 in the respective divisions the Granagh teams are making great general progress in the current Desmond Schoolboy Leagues.
COMMUNITY GAMES: An interesting programme of community games is on the agenda this week and includes gymnastics, music talent and card games (45 etc.), and will involve Granagh/Ballingarry members David Canning, Lucy Banks, Sean O’Connor, Orla Lenihan, Sean English, Gearoid Lynch, Maurice Noonan, Conor Lynch, Olivia Bennett, Eve and Jacob Butler, Ashling Herlihy, Ellen Murphy, Eoin Sheahan, Theresa Noonan.
The Granagh/Ballingarry community games branch would like to hear from Gaelic games coaches to help them with the training of underage panels of both girls and boys, if interested please contact Anne Higgins at 087 9274241.
JOEY HANNAN COMMEMORATED: The hundreds of athletes and walkers that took part in the Joey Hannan annual St. Patrick’s Day event in Croom was a great tribute to the high esteem the popular allround sportsman was held in the locality and throughout the athletic Munster scene.
The packed house for the traditional Irish music night on St. Patrick’s night at the scout hall was a very fitting conclusion to honour the late Joey Hannan RIP, with the proceeds of both going to the foreign missions and the upkeep of the local Croom church.