Last Sunday brought down the curtain on our inaugural parish league. It was a sunny but nippy afternoon but that didn’t take from the brilliant spectacle that all in attendance witnessed. Proceedings started with a parade of the reserve junior and senior finalists behind our resident piper for the day Seamus Hunt.
The Junior reserve final was between Cahara and Coole, the spirit and drive shown by these two teams had to be witnessed to be believed. With Cahara winning the spoils at the end. With some great performances by Caoimhe Mulroe and Tom Farrell.
It has been said the senior reserve final was a first in the history of the GAA when Ballinamaddagh Upper took on Glenagragra in what was the first ever meetings of these two teams. Again it was a game where great skill and ability was in abundance with great performances from Thomas lyons, Fergus Maharg, Eoin o Connor and Evan Fitzell. This battle was to be won by Ballinamaddagh Upper.
Next up was the Junior Final between two power houses of past parish leagues. Ballyculhane and Tullyleague. This game was full of great scores , tackling ,blocking, passing and Fair Play. The O Sullivan brothers giving a great example of how the game should be played. Which was one of the reasons that Ballyculhanes name will be the first on the Junior Parish league trophy. Again some outstanding performances from Harry Lonergan, Catherine Dunne and Rachel Healy.
Then it was the turn of the big boys and girls to strut there stuff. This final was between Ballinamaddagh lower and Clonoughter. Both teams unfortunately had to play without there respective captains. Luke Costello the Clonoughter captain had to go help out his Desmond league team to a big win against west Cork. While Cillian Sheahan was unable to lead his team on the field since he was carrying an injury, but it did not stop him giving his teammates guidance and encouragement from the line. With these two young man not playing it was left up to the remaining teammates to take up the mantle. And boy they did not disappoint. This was a game for the ages. It had it all. Tough tackling, scores from all angles, brilliant goal keeping from both keepers. I won’t be alone in saying this game will go down as one of the best ever played in Culhane park. It was nip and tuck the whole way with the strong wind having a barring in both halves. In the final few minutes the game took on a life of its own. The leads swing 4 different times. It was looking like extra time would be needed to separate these two teams. Then in the last minute of the game when Sheagh lyons together took a rasper of a shot that was destined for the bottom corner only to be saved in spider like fashion by Pzemack, but the omnipresent Tadgh Costello was on hand to slot to the net from the save. It looked at this stage that the trophy was heading to Clonoughter but Ballinamaddagh had other plans when a big clearance out of the backs fell to Chloe Martin who was coolness personified to finish to the net to be the heroine and to win by 2 points. Clonoughter went for a fast kick out but the final whistle blew to shouts of joy from the Ballinamaddagh supporters and also sighs of disappointment from Clonoughter. Both teams can hold there heads high in knowing they took part in such a memorable game of football. With winners there has to be losers but the individual performance by Jack o Sullivan was a sight to behold he covered every blade of grass and left all he had on the field, giving a great example of how the game should be played.
When heart rates eventually came back down there was a medal presentation in front of the club house. Where every player got there well deserved medals from our local legend of the game the forever young Jotty Culhane, who was under the watchful eye of his friend and teammate the late Billy Martin.
There was also individual awards. The junior players of the week went to Caoimhe Mulroe and Jamie Fitzgerald ,two greats prospects for the men and womens clubs were not the future.
The senior players of the week went to Tadgh Costello and Jack o Sullivan who between them scored 2goals and 6 points in the final. Glin GAA will be in good hands with the likes of these young men on our side.
Finally a few thank you s. This parish league would not have taken place without Ger lyons seeing this as a way of getting all the want to be footballers in the parish come together and play in a tournament that hopefully will continue well into the future. A massive thank you to all parents , coaches , refs and Bord na nog members, the volunteers that helped with the goodie bags and the piper Seamus Hunt. Thank you all.
With all the excitement we forgot to have our raffle for the Gaelic football signed by the limerick football squad and two Glin GAA boot bags, we will have an on line raffle over the next few days.
For those who have played for the first and last time in the parish league we wish them all the best in there secondary school experience. With this year being such a success we look forward to seeing these footballers again next year and also those coming up from senior infants to first class ye will be welcomed with open arms.
It was great to see so many from the community, young and old out and about last Sunday. We have a great little club here, anyone that is interested in helping with any aspect of the club there is a place for you.
Here’s to next year!
Congratulations to Alan O’Donovan and Deirdre O’Connor who got married last weekend. Alan has given us stellar service as a club secretary over many years now and our Treasurer, Jack Dunne made a presentation to Alan in recognition of this in advance of the big day. We wish them all the best for the future.
Well done to our own Charlie McDonagh on making the Limerick U16 football squad. We’re know he has a very bright future ahead in the green and white jersey!
Split the Bucket Draw
Congrats to Marie McKenna Ballygoughlin on winning this weeks Split the Bucket jackpot of €114. Kenneth Lyons won the promoter’s prize. Play online at www.smartlotto.ie/glingaa.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent drop off appeal for the Ukrainian people. We must commend the huge generosity has been shown by our community at this time and hopefully the war will end as soon as possible.