Weekly Notes 2007

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30/9: Next Saturday (4th) the moment of truth arrives for our Intermediate Football team when they take on Ballyporeen in Ardfinnan at 5pm in the South Final. We would appeal to all in the parish to come along to encourage these players. They have put in a great effort to reach this stage and they deserve your vocal support.

The Junior Football will play Commercials in the “B” the Semi Final in Monroe at 12 noon on Sunday 5th. Once again they are deserving of your support.

30/9: This week’s Golden Goal will be on the South Final on Saturday.

On Sunday 7th October the South Board will launch its History of 100 Years of Gaelic Games in the Division. The launch by Liam Mulvihill will take place in the sports Centre in Clonmel at 7.30pm and all are welcome. We congratulate its author Miceal O’Meara on this wonderful production. It contains over 800 pages and is a must for all who have an interest in GAA affairs in the Division. Would’nt this be an ideal Christmas gift for someone at home or abroad. The Centenary Banquet will take place on Sunday 14th October at Hotel Minella. Guest of honour is GAA President Nicky Brennan. Tickets for this once off will be in great demand and can be had from Willie Barrett at 086-8336505.

23//9: The Golden Goal this week was scored in the 30th minute in the Ladies Final and last week’s lucky winner was Mary Larkin Kilsheelan.

16/9: Well done to our Intermediate Football team who are through to the South Final following their five point victory over Clonmel Og after extra time.

It’s a long long way from Pairc an Crocaigh to Pairc Cill Siolain: Like all Clubs our Juvenile section is no different when it comes to making ends meet. Providing hurleys, footballs, bus hire etc are just some of the many items of expenditure which are a big drain on finances. There are other ways our Club would like to improve the preparation of our teams in a broader sense but financial constraints would not allow it.

Earlier this year ways and means of fundraising were discussed. The one suggestion that would not go away was a cycle from Croke Park to Kilsheelan. A study revealed that a figure of €20,000 could be raised. Naturally, there were sceptics who felt that this was beyond our capabilities. A very dedicated committee was put in place. One of the stipulations was that those participants in the cycle would have to raise €1,000 in order to enter the cycle. About ten seasoned bikers were quickly signed up, eight more signalled their intentions to take part and over the last month or so they had clocked up many hundreds of miles to get into shape.

The Croker Cruisers were not seasoned cyclists by any stretch of the imagination but what they lacked in style they made up for in enthusiasm and determination to rise to the challenge and have some fun in the process. A decision was also taken that some worthy body should get a share of the funds and who better than South Tipperary Hospice which has touched almost all of our lives in a very personal way. Their work is a remarkable and indispensable part of our local community. Likewise supporting our children through the medium of our games instils in them, a strong sense of community, which will benefit everybody in our Parish long after their playing days are over.

Saturday 8th September was the day of reckoning for our Croker Cruisers. They made their way to Dublin on Friday evening accompanied by their two wheelers, medical personnel and general backup. Their next appointment was a photo call in the Stadium at 8am before they started their journey. In the absence of 82,000 partisan supporters the peace and tranquillity was rudely disturbed by the clicking of cameras with the resultant photographs likely collector’s items in years to come. Photographer for the occasion was John Roche as he secured the exclusive rights for this event by being the highest bidder!!

The ambitious participants were Joseph Doolan, Roger Doyle, Cal Flavin, Mairead Holohan, Kevin Kelly, J J Keyes, William Lonergan, Ollie Maher, Mike Martin, Tony McCarthy, Andrew Mc Hale, Noel Murphy, Peter O’Connell, Shane O’Dwyer, Brian O’Gorman, Seamus Roche, Liam Stokes and Frank Twohig.

At 8.45am, as they headed on their Trip to Tipp via Dorset Street, down the Quays and on to Inchicore they quickly left the big smoke behind. In the interest of road safety the Cruisers on occasion took the byways rather than the highways as they were not allowed on the dual carriageways.

Local garda Joe Horgan played a major role in this area as he liased with the many garda stations along the route. Indeed, one could say, they saw their own version of the changing of the guard many times throughout the day.

First stop was Kilcullen at 11.30. They had great back up from the ladies along the way who provided refreshments. After partaking in same and looking after “personal needs” they were soon on their way.

Next stop was at Leighlinbridge where again the required sustenance was taken on board. With the sun shining down on them and the feel good factor still to the fore the craic was mighty along the way. With Kilkenny negotiated their next port of call was Callan where the local GAA Club, set aside county rivalries, as they laid out a spread for the cyclists in the Parochial Hall which was very much appreciated by the “Cruisers”.

The climb into Ninemilehouse was the next challenge and with the Premier County air now at their backs this was quickly conquered. Having reached Grangemockler, well ahead of schedule, the feel good factor yielded a burst of enthusiasm and a decision was taken to turn right and enter the Parish via Kilcash. Having reached the gap tired limbs had a respite as they freewheeled into the village as they sang Slievenamon in unison. Word had filtered through of their arrival and they received their first enthuastic welcome  in Kilcash. Traffic lights were switched off in Ballypatrick as they headed to the Sports Centre for a hot meal provided by the ladies which went down a treat.

Rumour was rife all day that Fr Neil Horan was going to lead them into Kilsheelan but this proved to be unfounded. Meanwhile a big crowd had gathered at the GAA field to welcome them home. The young children bedecked in their Kilsheelan and Tipperary colours formed a guard-of-honour and gave them a rousing reception as they arrived. Some of the cyclists said later that they found it emotional. Indeed it was a special and memorable evening for all present. Tom Larkin the only Senior All Ireland Hurling Medal winner, Meadhbh Stokes the first lady to Captain a Tipperary Camogie team to All Ireland success and the members of the 68-72 teams who brought the last Senior Football honours to the Club all received presentations from members of the Juvenile Club. Hopefully this will inspire the younger generation to follow in their footsteps. Remember, already this year our U/14 Football team had a magnificent County Final win and all the recipients would love to relinquish their record of 35 years ago to see these lads lift a County Senior Football Trophy sooner rather than later. Their message to the younger players loud and clear is keep it up and success hopefully will come.

We salute the brave cyclists for their tremendous effort, the entourage who helped them on the day, the ladies for the food en route and also in the evening at the reception, to all of you who generously sponsored them, to advertisers on commemorative booklet and indeed to everyone who helped in so many different ways to make this a wonderful community effort. The day was a wonderful example of perfect combined organisational skills by the brilliant local people in their efforts to raise funds for the Kilsheelan-Kilcash Juvenile GAA Club and the South Tipp Hospice movement. Who says FUNdraising is not a FUN activity?

Golden Goal: This week’s winning goal was scored in the17th minute. Last week the lucky winner was Mary Fitzpatrick Kilsheelan. Next week’s competition will be based on the Ladies Football All Ireland Final.

9/9: The Junior Football team defeated Grangemockler last week. After a poor first half display, a more determined second half yielded three goals and they went on to win by 3-7 to 0-5. They now meet Commercials in the Semi Final.

Our Intermediate Football team are likely to see action this weekend – See Fixtures.

 

If anyone wanted their fix of entertainment on Saturday evening last undoubtedly the place to be was the local sportsfield. The occasion was the Croker Cruisers arrival home after cycling from Croke Park.

A large crowd gathered, enjoying the warm sunshine with Banna Cluain Meala supplying the music, and all the young children formed in a guard of honour in full youthful voice to welcome home the cyclists. The atmosphere was electric with a very colourful scene. The 18 cyclists were given a warm welcome as they entered the grounds. Senior Club Chairman Jerry Kehoe later presented them with a memento to mark their achievement and praised them for their tremendous efforts. Proceeds from this cycle will go to the Juvenile Club and South Tipperary Hospice.  Seamus Roche as Chairman of the Juvenile Club thanked everyone for their input in so many different ways.

The organising committee also used the occasion to honour the 68-72 teams which were the last to win County Senior Football honours for the Club. Each member of these teams was made a presentation by a member of the Juvenile Club. Also honoured were Tom Larkin, the only player from the Club to win an All Ireland Senior Hurling medal and Maedhbh Stokes being the first lady to captain Tipperary to their first ever All Ireland Camogie Title. Sean Nugent replied on behalf of the past players and he stated that he hoped the current young players would aspire to emulate those honoured and hopefully bring further honours in the future.

A special word of thanks goes to the many ladies who arrived early on Saturday morning to prepare the Clubhouse, organise the food and the many other requirements to make this the successful evening that it was. It’s not often they are called upon, but when the occasion arises, they get it right – thanks again to all. We must not forget Billy Stokes who was a very capable MC and his choice of words were most appropriate.

The Golden Goal last week was on the 8th minute and the lucky winner was Mary Fitzpatrick – Congrats. This weeks will be based on the All Ireland Football Final.

26/8: In the Minor Hurling “A” Semi Final the Slievenamon combination of Kilsheelan and St Pats lost to Moyle Rovers by 5-14 to 2-5. When the sides met in the league stages the combo won by the narrowest of margins. On this occasion they had to field without five players through injury and holidays, most of them in key positions. Without them our worst fears were realised, nevertheless, well done to the Rovers who will be formidable opposition for Ballingarry in the Final.

Despite losing to Fr Sheehy’s our Intermediate Football team will have a Semi Final date in the coming weeks. Further matches will have to be played before our opponents are known. The Junior Football team will play mid week and need to win their two remaining matches to make it to the Semi Finals. The Slievenamon Football team are through to the Final where they will meet Moyle Rovers. The U/21 Hurling team are into the second round of the “B” competition and hope to see action in the coming weeks.

Best of luck to the Tipperary Minors in their quest for glory in the Hurling Final against Cork on Sunday.

The Golden Goal this week will be based on the All Ireland Hurling Final. Last weeks winner on the 37th minute was John Sullivan from Carrick On Suir.

The death of Denis O’Gorman last weekend came as a shock to all. The O’ Gorman Family from Shanbally are synonymous with gaelic games it the parish since its foundation. When a Club was formed in Kilcash they were very much part of it. Denis and his brothers continued this tradition throughout their youth. He lined out for the Club in the ‘50’s and early 60’s. While this was not a very successful period for the Club, Denis was an integral part of the football team. When he finished playing he always followed the fortunes of the Club and was a regular follower of the Tipperary Hurling teams up to recent years. We extend our sympathy to his wife Carmel, sisters Joan and Brenda, brothers John Dick and Martin and their family circle.

The Croker Cruisers: A group of local amateur cyclists will attempt to cycle from Croke Park to Kilsheelan on 8th September, to raise funds for the South Tipperary Hospice Movement and the Kilsheelan-Kilcash Juvenile GAA Club.

The Croker Cruisers are not seasoned cyclists by any stretch of the imagination and none will be winning sexy legs competitions any time soon, but what they lack in style they make up for in enthusiasm and determination to rise to the challenge and have some fun in the process. At this point they are putting the finishing touches to their training schedule in the run up to this gruelling test.

It seems like only yesterday that they began preparing with one member of the group starting off on a bike that was charitably described as a “gate with gears” but he has now earned his wings and is flying around on the real deal. It may take a minor miracle to get this team to Croke Park, injury-free on their “All Ireland Day”, but the Croker Cruisers are determined to cycle every last inch of the road, all 110 miles of it!

A reception will be held at the GAA centre in Kilsheelan to welcome home the cyclists at 7pm on Saturday the 8th of September. All are welcome. The teams of 1968 and 1972 who secured senior county football titles for Kilsheelan will be honoured, along with other heroes of the past, by the children of the Juvenile Club. This should be a very enjoyable opportunity to bring our senior and junior members together in celebration. Light refreshments will be served.

The Hospice has touched almost all of our lives in a very personal way. Their work is a remarkable and indispensable part of our local community. They provide support and practical nursing care for vulnerable patients when they most need it. It is hoped that the funds raised will facilitate greater access in our local community to this great service.

Likewise supporting our children through the medium of sport instils in them, a strong sense of community, which will benefit everybody in our community long after they have played their last game for Kilsheelan-Kilcash.

It is not too late to lend your support to this very worthy cause. A commemorative programme is being produced reflecting past, present and future stars of Kilsheelan. The success of “heroes” of yester year are chronicled especially the teams of 1968 and 1972. The commemorative programme will be widely distributed in the community and will be available in local shops and pubs. There is advertising space still available but should you not wish to take an advertisement, any contribution will be gratefully received.

Please make cheques payable to Kilsheelan Juvenile Hospice Cycle and send to Susan Kelly, Glenkill, Ballypatrick, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Tel 086 8170274, or make contact with any of the cyclists. The Croker Cruisers are as follows: Seamus Roche, Kevin Kelly, Tony McCarthy,  Joseph Doolan, JJ Keyes, Thomas Lonergan, Willie Lonergan, Ollie Maher, Denis Maguire, Mike Martin, Cal Flavin, Liam Stokes, Andrew McHale, Peter O’ Connell, Shane O’Dwyer,  Noel Murphy, Brian O’ Gorman, Shane Corcoran,  Frank Twohig and  Mairead Holohan.

19/8:  The Junior Hurling team took on Ballybacon-Grange last week where a win was needed in order to qualify for the Semi Finals. Kilsheelan played against the wind in the first half but were soon on the back foot as Ballybacon were very much on top. At half time we were in arrears by 0-13 to 0-6. A determined second half performance saw them close the gap and with ten minutes to go the sides were level. They were well on top in this half but were off target with their shooting and ended up losing by four points.

The Intermediate hurling time lost out to Cahir in the final match of the championship. Operating from a small panel proved difficult throughout and it was a tough battle all through.

The Minor football team had an impressive win over Ardfinnan in the “A” Semi Final and will now meet Moyle Rovers in the Final.

We expect to be playing Intermediate Football this weekend – See fixtures.

Last week’s Golden Goal based on the Cork V Meath game was scored in the 51st minute. This week it will be on the Dublin V Kerry game.

Sunday 2nd July 1982 will long live in the history of the Kilsheelan and Fethard Clubs. The occasion was the South Senior Hurling Final between St Augustines and St Marys on a warm sunny day in Davin Park. At that time St Marys had Limerick’s Mossy and Brian Carroll on their side (how time flies) but St Augustines upset the odds and won by 4-12 to 2-7. This year is the 25th Anniversary of this achievement. A reunion will take place at Hotel Minella on Friday 26th October which will surely be a great night of nostalgia for all. An organizing committee has been set up to make it a memorable night. To defray costs involved a raffle is being organised tickets for which cost €5 and are now on sale. It is hoped that all GAA enthusiasts will lend their support.

13/8: Our Intermediate hurling game against Fethard was called off as a mark of respect to the late Mick Ahearne. Following Liam Connolly’s passing some weeks back the Fethard Club suffered another loss on this death. Mick’s input will be well documented elsewhere in this paper. He was a very popular figure both in Fethard and beyond. Whenever Fethard played in Kilsheelan, whatever the grade or code, the very familiar figure of Mick was always there to urge them on. We extend our sympathy to his family.

This week’s golden goal will be based on the Cork V Meath All Ireland Football Semi Final.

Congrats to the Tipperary minor hurlers who kept the flag flying in Croke Park last Sunday. When all seemed lost they dug deep thus ensuring that we will be represented on all Ireland Hurling Final day.

6/8: Last week was a quite one on the GAA front. The Junior Hurling team had their first defeat when they lost to Ballingarry. They will need to beat Ballybacon-Grange if  they are to reach the knockout stages. The Slievenamon Minor Hurling team lost narrowly to Ballybacon but still qualify for the Semi Final.

Well done to Kevin Larkin and John Kehoe who lined out with the Tipperary U/14 hurling team recently. Last Sunday they had an easy win over Clare.

Despite the awful weather this summer when we look across the river we see many smiling faces following their recent success in the Hurling – Well done to the Deise and we look forward to next week’s instalment

29/7: The Slievenamon combo are through to the Minor Football “A” Semi Final following their draw with Ardfinnan. They got off to a slow start and trailed at the break by 0-6 to 0-3. When play resumed Ardfinnan went further ahead with a goal. Slievenamon mounted a comeback when Damien Mc Carthy goaled after a quickly taken free kick. Slievenamon were gaining in confidence and staged a late rally and Paul Denn shot the equaliser. They had opportunities to take the lead but failed to do so as they finished all square on 1-8 each. A significant improvement will be required if they are to advance further in this competition.

TEAM: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Lorcan Ryan, Colm Dunne, Michael Geraghty, Paul Horan, Darren Meagher, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Robert Mc Cormack, Donacha Lonergan 0-1, Eugene Mc Cormack 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy and Johnny Moroney 0-2.

SUBS: Damien Mc Carthy 1-2 and Shane Gorey.

The Junior Football team had to be at their very best to overcome Ballyporeen by 1-7 to 1-5. In order to reach the knockout stages they need to win their two remaining matches against St Patrick’s and Grangemockler.

8/7: The Junior Hurling team made it two wins out of two in the “B” championship when they defeated Fr Sheehy’s by 7-9 to 0-8. The game was much closer than the score would suggest. Our defence was solid all through. Our forwards combined well to find the net. At half time Kilsheelan led by 2-4 to 0-6. In the second half they remained in control and were worthy winners.

TEAM: David Power, Michael Dempsey, John Larkin, John Geraghty, William Larkin, Michael Ryan, Pakie Larkin, Peter O’Connell, Jason Fogarty, Adrian Walsh 0-3, Richard Crotty 0-1, Edward Sweeney 1-2, Jack Doolan, Joe Ryan 0-1 and Donnacha Lonergan 4-1.

SUBS: Ross Larkin 1-0 for John Larkin, Robert Henebry 1-1 for Jack Doolan, Keith Robinson for Joe Ryan, John Larkin for John Geraghty (inj) and Joe Ryan for Donnacha Lonergan.

The Intermediate Football team maintained their unbeaten record with a two goal victory over Clonmel Og.

Well done to Jean O’Connell last week’s lucky Golden Goal winner. If you hold Minute No: 7 you can claim the money this week. Next week’s competition will be based on the Tipperary V Cork game in Thurles this Saturday

Kilsheelan Leisure Wear is now available in M K Sports and it nice to see our supporters sporting our colours complete with our logo.

An air of sadness prevailed when we heard of the death of Liam Connolly. For our older members he will be best remembered along with our own Tom Larkin and Theo English as the South representatives on the Tipperary Hurling team that won the 1958 All Ireland title. He was very much part of the Fethard Club all his life. Whenever Fethard were playing Kilsheelan he was a very familiar figure on the embankment along with his friends. We extend our sympathy to his family members in Kilsheelan, Fethard and beyond.

24/6: The Intermediate Football team put the defence of their South Title on the line against Ballyporeen at Ardfinnan. They were hit with a sucker punch as Ballyporeen got a goal in the first minute. They recovered from this setback and went on to win by 0-14 to 2-6.

Last week’s winner of the Golden Goal was Jason Fogarty. Next weeks winning minute will come from Wexford v Kilkenny. If you have minute No:35 for last week €50 awaits you.

Last week we travelled to Cahir to take part in the South Tipp Centenary U-10 hurling tournament. We participated in a very competitive Division 2 and after some fine hurling won our group to qualify for the Semi Final, where we met the Davins. This was a very close game with Kilsheelan shading it to qualify for the Final, much to the delight of the many parents who had accompanied the team to Cahir.

The Final was a very tense affair. With a few minutes to go Kilsheelan had edged two points ahead of St. Patrick’s but then St Pats bombarded the Kilsheelan goal in an effort to secure that winning score. However our defence stood strong and some heroic goal line defending secured a great victory for the Kilsheelan team. To scenes of great jubilation captain Brendan Martin accepted the trophy on behalf of the team, all of whom had played brilliantly on the day.

Team members – Brian Guiry, Aaron Fogarty, Daire Brennan, Edward Carroll, Brian Twohig, Martin Gibbs, Stephen Lahart, Brendan Martin, Eoghan Flavin, Darragh Kelly, Kevin Kehoe, Mark Kehoe, Ryan Lonergan, Eoghan Kelly, Evan Quigley, Jack O’Donnell, Michael Bayliss, Ryan Murray, Conor Murphy, and Sean Martin. Well done to all the players and team mentors.

17/6: Our Junior “B” Hurling team put in a good performance to beat Cahir by 1-13 to 1-12. The team had plenty of experience on their side and could do well if they put in the work on the training field.

In the weekly Golden Goal competition Fiona Crotty was last week’s lucky winner. The first goal in the Tipp V Limerick Replay was in the 22nd minute. The winning ticket holder should contact Johnny Fitzpatrick. This week’s competition will on the Replay.

Our luck continued in the County Draw and we say congrats to Shane Geoghegan who won €200.

We extend our sympathy to the Nugent Family on the death of Sr Philomena Dalton.

10/6: New balls please!!! – a term often used in another sport. No such words exist in the rules of hurling and football. At our pitch the ball often gets lost when it goes out of play at the top goal thus the call goes out for a new ball from frustrated team mentors. This has now been rectified with the installation of netting behind both goals.

If you have a Golden Goal Ticket for the 16th minute then you are lucky winner for last week (10th) – contact Johnny Fitzpatrick or any committee member for your winnings. This weeks Goal will be based on the Tipp V Limerick replay in Thurles.

3/6: Our Intermediate Hurling team were beaten by Ballyneale by a three point margin. Kilsheelan started well but failed to convert their advantage into scores. They were in arrears by seven points at the three quarter stage. Kilsheelan played well in the closing stages but could not reflect this on the scoreboard. Their next game is against Carrick Davins on the weekend of 15/17th June.

Adrian Walsh lined out for the Tipperary Junior football team against Cork last Sunday unfortunately they were beaten.

The Golden Goal will commence again on the Tipp V Limerick game. This will continue each week and will be based on a televised game. The “winning minute” each week will be advised on the weekly notes. Tickets will be €2 and the lucky winner will get €50.

The new County Draw began last week and firstly we wish to thank sincerely all of you who joined up again and also those who signed up for the first time. The income from this is vital to the day to day running of the Club. We had some lucky winners in the first Draw namely Patsy O’Halloran who won €1,000, Liam Robinson, Noeleen Cahill, Brian Connolly and Alma Fennessy won €200 each and the Club won a set of jerseys.

27/5: The Club had a very successful Golf Classic at Clonmel Golf Club last Saturday. This would not have happened without the expertise of our organising committee – we thank them for a superb job. We sincerely thank our major sponsors Jim Strang & Sons for their invaluable input and to all the teams who took part and not forgetting those who sponsored tees.

South Board which celebrates its Centenary this year will hold an exhibition of memorabilia in the Museum starting in June. This is a final appeal to anyone in the Parish who may have memorabilia such as an old jersey, boot, hurley, photographs, literature or indeed anything you think that might be worthy of inclusion. Please contact the secretary as soon as possible. All items will be returned in due course.

Best wishes to all our players commencing their exams shortly.

We extend our sympathy to the Smyth Family Ballyglasheen on the recent death of Aine’s father.

20/5: Being Centenary Year for the South Board they will have an exhibition of memorabilia in the Museum starting in June. We would appeal to anyone in the Parish who may have memorabilia such as an old jersey, boot, hurley, photographs, literature or indeed anything you think that might be worthy of inclusion. Please contact the secretary as soon as possible. All items will be returned in due course.

The Intermediate Hurling team are likely to be in action this weekend – See fixtures for details.

We wish a speedy recovery to former County Star and All Ireland medallist Tom Larkin who is presently hospitalised.

13/5: Our Intermediate Hurlers got their championship off on a disappointing note when they were defeated by St Mary’s. However, all is not lost as there are plenty matches still to come. Their next fixture is against Ballyneale in Carrick on Saturday 26th May.

We extend our condolences to the Cunningham Family Grangebeg and the Walsh Family Ballyknockane on their recent bereavements. Both families have strong connections with our Club.

South Board Centenary: This is the final call for anyone who wishes to have their name included on the hardback copy of the forthcoming South Board History publication. For €100 you can become a patron and if you are interested please contact the Secretary at 33270 not later than Sunday 20th.

The Board will also have an exhibition of memorabilia in the Museum starting in June. We would appeal to anyone in the Parish who may have memorabilia such as an old jersey, boot, hurley, photographs, literature or indeed anything you think that might be worthy of inclusion. Please contact the secretary as soon as possible. All items will be returned in due course.

6/5: On Friday evening next our Intermediate Hurling team will play St Mary’s in the opening round of the championship – venue to be confirmed. Why not come along to give them your vocal support and hopefully get a good start to their campaign.

In Minor Football the Slievenamon combination of Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick’s will play Clonmel Og on Wednesday 16th May.

South Board Centenary: Do you want your name in the history books? A book covering the last 100 years is being compiled by former Board Secretary Michael O’ Meara and it will run to over 700 pages. You are invited to become a patron. For €100 you can have your name included on a special patrons list and receive a hardback copy when it is launched on 22nd September. If interested, contact the Club Secretary at 33270 before 14th May 2007.

The Club is now in the process of purchasing a Defibrillator which will be available to the whole community. Persons need to be trained on its operation and if you are interested in such training please contact any Club officer as soon as possible.

County Draw: Yes, it’s that time of year again when the new season’s County Draw begins with the 1st Draw on May 25th. There are many valuable prizes on offer each month. I am sure all the promoters are busy and we would ask them to endeavour to get their returns back to the Co-ordinator John Ryan not later than May 18th. As the income from the Draw is a major boost to the finances of the Club we thank you for your support in the past and look forward to your continued support.

Membership: We would appreciate it if all outstanding membership fees for the coming season be provided as soon as possible. Thanks to all of you who have already paid.

29/4: With the season now back in full swing there have been a number of enquiries about the Website and you may access it at www.kilsheelankilcash@tipperary.gaa.ie.

South Board Centenary: Do you want your name in the history books? A book covering the last 100 years is being compiled by former Board Secretary Michael O’ Meara and it will run to over 700 pages. You are invited to become a patron. For €100 you can have your name included on a special patrons list and receive a hardback copy when it is launched on 22nd September. If interested, contact the Club Secretary at 33270 before 10th May 2007.

The Club is now in the process of purchasing a Defibrillator which will be available to the whole community. Persons need to be trained on its operation and if you are interested in such training please contact any Club officer as soon as possible.

County Draw: Yes, it’s that time of year again when the new season’s County Draw begins with the 1st Draw on May 25th. There are many valuable prizes on offer each month. I am sure all the promoters are busy and we would ask them to endeavour to get their returns back to the Co-ordinator John Ryan not later than May 18th. As the income from the Draw is a major boost to the finances of the Club we thank you for your support in the past and look forward to your continued support.

22/4: South Board Centenary: Do you want your name in the history books? A book covering the last 100 years is being compiled by former Board Secretary Michael O’ Meara and it will run to over 700 pages. You are invited to become a patron. For €100 you can have your name included on a special patrons list and receive a hardback copy when it is launched on 22nd September. If interested, contact the Club Secretary at 33270 before 10th May 2007.

The Club is now in the process of purchasing a Defibrillator which will be available to the whole community. Persons need to be trained on its operation and if you are interested in such training please contact any Club officer as soon as possible.

15/4: It was disappointing for all when our U21 Football team lost to Burgess by four points in the Co Semi Final. A goal after thirty seconds seemed to be the ideal start but we were unable to build on it. However, Burgess for whom most of the players were six footers, put their physical advantage to good effect and we had no answer to them in the twenty minute period before half time. Burgess looked set for an easy win, when playing with the wind in the second half, they led by three points after ten minutes. However, Kilsheelan showed their true character when they dug in deeper and the Burgess defence came under lots of pressure to keep them at bay. At the end of normal time the scores were level but two goals for Burgess in extra time decided the game. Kilsheelan were attacking strongly at the final whistle but were unable to get the necessary scores.(See Report)

Full marks to the team who were very impressive throughout this championship. Unfortunately many of them will be overage next year. Hopefully the experience gained will stand to them when they line out for the Intermediate team in the coming weeks. Well done to their Manager Keith O’Brien whose professional approach left no stone unturned to ensure that the team were well prepared for their task and not forgetting his Selectors Seamus Roche and David Power who also made a major input. Delighted also to see such a large number of supporters and we thank you for being there and hope to see you again for the upcoming Club games. 

8/4: The Kilsheelan/St Pat’s combination of Slievenamon got their championship off to a winning start when they defeated Mullinahone by 3-7 to 0-6. Their next match is against Killenaule this Sunday in Monroe.

We would like to remind you that if you have not renewed or paid your Membership yet, we would appreciate if you could do so to Keith O’Brien, Liam Stokes or any committee member.

Easter Monday was an historic day for the South Board. This year it is celebrating 100 years in existence. To mark the occasion all Clubs affiliated to the Board participated in a Parade through the town. Our Club was well represented behind the Blue and Gold banner. Special praise must go to the Juvenile Club for the large turnout. Indeed, we say a sincere thank you to all who answered the call.

The GAA Club are holding a Table Quiz in Nagles Lounge on Friday 13th April (lucky for some) at 8.45pm. All proceeds are going to the provision of a Defibrillator in our community. This will not be exclusively for the GAA Club but will be available to the community at large. We would ask all groups in the joint Parish to make an effort to come. Teams of four will cost €40. We guarantee you a great night’s fun and entertainment so come along and enjoy the craic while supporting this very worthy venture. We appeal to you to come early. Teams outside the area are also welcome.

1/4: Congratulations to the Slievenamon Minor Football team who won the County League Title when defeating J K Brackens by 2-9 to 0-13.

1/4: Congratulations to our recent winners who won a number of smaller prizes in the County Draw.

The death took place recently of former player Frank Cahill. He was a very useful footballer and usually played in the half back line. In 1950 he played there when they defeated Drangan by 1-5 to 2-1 in the South Junior Football Final in Ballypatrick. The County Semi final took place in Cashel against Aherlow. It took a replay before Kilsheelan triumphed by 1-4 to 1-3. It was back to Cashel for the County Final when the opposition was provided by Loughmore Castleiney and Frank played his part in a thriller as Kilsheelan came out on top by 1-5 to 1-4. When his playing career was over he was a frequent supporter of Tipperary hurling teams. We extend our sympathy to his wife Rita and extended family.

25/3: This being Centenary year for the South Board, every Club in the Division will be striving to take home a Title. For our Club this ambition has already been achieved when the U/21 Football team defeated Carrick Davins last Saturday in the “B” Final. We last won this Title in 2003 and since then we had not won a match in this grade. This year Keith O’Brien (Manager) together with Seamus Roche and David Power were given the task of preparing the team. Full credit to the backroom team who put in tremendous work in getting the team into shape and they got their just rewards for their efforts. Credit too must go to all the team for putting in the hard work. They improved with each outing. In the Final itself they gave a very disciplined display and were worthy winners of this Title. In goal Colm Sweeney made many fine saves and his long kickouts were a feature. In front of him Shane Prendergast never put a foot wrong. He was a last minute substitute for the injured Lorcan Ryan. In front of him Tommy Ryan was the springboard for many attacks. On the left Eoin Twohig and Naoise O’Cuinneagain, despite their lack of inches, both were tenacious in the tackle. On the other flank Paul Kennedy and Brian Richards gave little away to their opponents. In the vital midfield area Eoin Ryan and Padraic Hickey were on top all through and were not afraid to add their weight to the attack. In the half forward line Ciaran Gibbs had his best game to date. Paul Denn was always a threat with his runs. James Geraghty was in the thick of things throughout. Upfront Michael Mc Hugh’s roving role and turn of speed always spelt danger for the opposition. In the corners Donnacha Lonergan and Ross Larkin were very much part of what was essentially a team performance. Ian Coughlan came on at half time and took his goal with aplomb. Darren Mc Carthy also came on and quickly fitted into the scheme of things. We wish all continued success in the County Semi Final.

As already stated the Board is celebrating its Centenary. During the course of the year many events have been arranged to honour this milestone. The next item on the calendar is a Parade on Easter Monday (9th April). It will start at the GAA Centre on the Western Road at 12noon, travelling via Irishtown, O’Connell Street to the reviewing area at the Town Hall. Each Club is expected to provide upwards of 100 personnel. We call on our members, players including Juveniles to come along in large numbers sporting your Club colours to be part of this historic occasion. – further details later.

The Intermediate Hurling team have an away County League game this weekend also the Kilsheelan-St Patricks Combo (Slievenamon) will take on J K Brackens in the County Minor Football League Final also this weekend – check fixtures for more details.

19/3: Now that the playing fields are back in full swing our teams will be in action every week. For you to keep up to date you can access our website at www.kilsheelankilcash.tipperary.gaa.ie.

Please tell your friends abroad with an interest in the local GAA scene how they can find us.

In the U/21 Football Semi Final Kilsheelan defeated Mullinahone by 1-11 to 0-8 (see match report). The eagerly awaited Final against Carrick Davins will take place at Monroe on Saturday next at 4.30pm. This team have reached the Final unbeaten. Please come out in your numbers and support this young team for our first Final appearance of the year.

In the County Minor Football League the Slievenamon combination of Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick’s defeated Arravale Rovers by 3-5 to 0-11 to maintain their unbeaten run in a bitterly cold and windy Kilsheelan. Despite fielding understrength this was not an impressive display and can consider themselves fortunate to win.

TEAM: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Meagher, Colm Dunne, Naoise O’Cuinneagain 0-1, Paul Kennedy, Shane Gorey, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey, Damien Mc Carthy, Michael Geraghty, Neil Gleeson 0-1, Shane Columby, Eoghan Mc Cormack 1-1 and Johnny Moroney.

SUBS: Robert Mc Cormack 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy 2-0 and Donnchadh Corcoran.

Apologies to Carol Gibbs whose name was omitted from last weeks Juvenile Committee list.

Congratulations to Stephen O’Connor who recently won a trip for two to Gran Canaria in the Tipperary GAA Lotto.

We extend our sympathy to the Ryan Family on the recent death of Christy in Waterford. Christy played Juvenile for the Club, better known as a hurler, he lined out with the Junior teams in the late 50’s and was a staunch supporter of Tipperary hurling teams throughout his life.  Sympathy also to Sean Quinlan on the death of his uncle in England, who had an association with the Club in the past.

The Slievenamon combination team of Kilsheelan/Kilcash and St. Patricks won their fourth consecutive game in the County Minor League last Sunday with an impressive victory against JK Brackens. Playing in testing conditions, the combination team got off to great start when Damien McCarthy goaled in the opening minutes quickly followed by a pointed free. Further goals by Donnacha Lonergan and Eoghan McCormack later in the half put Slievenamon into a commanding position approaching half time but lapses in concentration in defence allowed JK Brackens to narrow the gap leaving the half-time score 3-2 to 1-3. The second half was played in a constant downpour making conditions difficult for both sides but following some neat interplay among the forwards Slievenamon stretched their lead with additional goals from Donnacha Lonergan and Eoghan McCormack to effectively end the game as a contest. Points from Neil Gleeson, Eoghan McCormack and Lorcan Ryan sealed victory on a scoreline of 5-7 to 1-4.
TEAM: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Maher, Colm Dunne, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Kennedy, Shane Gorey, Robert McCormack, Lorcan Ryan 0-1, Jason Hayes, Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan 2-2, Damien McCarthy 1-1, Eoghan McCormack 2-2, Neil Gleeson 0-1.
SUBS: Gerry Mullally, Johnny Moroney, Shane Columby, Donnacha Corcoran
The A.G.M. of the Juvenile Club took place recently and the attendance was one of the largest in years. Secretary, Marion O’Neill, in her report gave an account of the year’s happenings. The highlight of a busy year was the winning of the South Tipperary U/14 Hurling Title. Marion also informed the meeting that she would not be seeking re-election.

Chairman Seamus Roche in his address said that there is a tremendous amount of work being done for our Juveniles. He said that despite it being off season he went on to praise the U/14 Hurling team who are giving great performances in the Carrigeen floodlight Tournament. He also stated that costs were rising and any new ideas for fundraising would be welcome.

Officers: Chairman: Seamus Roche, Vice Chairman: Brian Connolly, Secretary: Maeve Cahill, Treasurer: Noel Murphy, PRO: James Holohan. Committee: Jerry Kehoe, Kevin Kelly, Keith O’Brien, Andrew Mc Hale, Ollie Maher, Michael Kehoe, Edmund Prendergast, Jim Healy, John Ryan, Denis Mc Guire, David Power, Tom Butler, Marion O’Neill, Kieran Cosgrave and Eleanor Roche.

Team Managers (both codes): U/6 Eleanor Roche, U/8: Edmund Prendergast, U/10: Kevin Kelly, U/12: Ollie Maher, U/14: Liam Corcoran and U/16: John Ryan.

Fixtures: We will play Mullinahone in U/21”B” Football Semi Final in Cloneen on St Patrick’s Day at 12.30pm. Why not come along and support the team in their quest for a Final appearance. On Sunday 18th the Slievenamon combination will play Arravale Rovers in the Co Minor Football League in Kilsheelan at 12noon. The Intermediate Hurlers will open their Co Intermediate Hurling League away to Ballybacon this weekend – time and date to be confirmed.

4/3: In the Munster Colleges “B” Football Final Lorcan Ryan, Pádraic Hickey, Paul Denn and Donnacha Lonergan lined out for the High School. After forty winners they led by 0-8 to 0-2. Paul Denn who was enjoying a great second half added another point and they looked likely winners. It all went wrong after that and Abbey CBS won by 2-6 to 0-9.

Due to the inclement weather the Final of the Carrigeen Tournament had to be postponed and will now take place this Sunday evening. This will be under floodlights and it would be nice to see a large vocal support for our U/14 hurlers.

Membership is now due and we would appreciate it if it could be paid as soon as possible to Keith O’Brien, Liam Stokes or any committee member.

The Club held a Table Quiz last Friday night in Robinsons for the Burke and Ryan families and we sincerely thank all who came along.

This being the Centenary Year of the South Board a book is being compiled on its achievements over the last 100 years. Our club welcomes old photos of GAA teams or indeed action on the field of play which have not been seen prior to the publication of our Club History in 1988. Please check in your archives. Any material can be given to Club officers and we guarantee a safe return.

25/2: History was made on Saturday last when our U/21 Football team deservedly defeated Fethard. While their meetings over the years have been few and far between a victory over “The Blues” in any grade is always sweet as they usually have the upper hand on us. Our side dominated the opening twenty minutes and they should have scored more. At half time they were somewhat fortunate to be leading by 0-6 to 0-5 as Fethard’s only reward from a penalty was a point. A goal by Donnacha Lonergan after forty minutes was decisive. They pressed home their superiority after that and despite a late Fethard goal Kilsheelan ran out winners by 1-13 to 1-8.

The Slievenamon combination team of Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St.Patricks continued on their winning ways after a hard fought win away to Eire Og-Annacarty on Sunday morning in the Co.
Minor league. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half, the combination team were slow to get out of the blocks and were fortunate to go in at the break only a goal behind on a scoreline of
0-3 to 1-3. Two quick goals on the resumption put Slievenamon in the driving seat but in a below par performance they were unable to pull away from a determined Eire Og side and held out for a 3-8 to 2-7 victory.
TEAM:Colm Dunne, Stuart Broderick, Darren Maher, Shane Collumby, Shane Gorey, Lorcan Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Darren McCarthy 0-1, Paul Horan 1-1, Robert McCormack 0-1, Padraic
Hickey 1-0, Eoghan McCormack 1-1, Donnacha Lonergan 0-2, Damien McCarthy 0-2  and Jason Hayes
SUBS: Richard Needham and Riain O Cuinneagain

Championship Draws: South Championship draws were made recently as follows: Minor “A”Football (Slievenamon): We will have matches against Mullinahone, Clonmel Og, Ardfinnan, Killenaule, Commercials and Moyle Rovers, U/21 Football: Following our victory over Fethard we are through to the next round. Junior “B” Football: We have games against Carrick Swan, St Patrick’s, Killenaule, Ballyporeen and Grangemockler. Intermediate Football: Our opponents will be Ballyporeen, Clonmel Og, Fr Sheehy’s and Moyle Rovers. Minor “A” Hurling: Slievenamon will play Moyle Rovers, Mullinahone, Ballingarry, St Mary’s and Killenaule. U/21 “B” Hurling: We play Ballybacon-Grange in the opening round. In Junior “B” Hurling: The opposition will be Cahir, Fr Sheehy’s, Ballybacon, Ballingarry and Skeheenarinky. Intermediate Hurling team will have seven matches. These will be against St Mary’s, Ballybacon-Grange, Fr Sheehy’s, Cahir, Carrick Davins, Fethard and Ballyneale.

Clonmel CBS will play Abbey CBS in the Munster Colleges “B” Final this Saturday in New Inn at 2pm. Four of our players namely Lorcan Ryan, Donnacha Lonergan, Paul Denn and Pádraic Hickey will line out for the Clonmel side and we wish them the best of luck. It would be nice to see our members going along to cheer them on.

On this Friday night there will be a Table Quiz in Robinson’s Lounge. The proceeds will go to two very worthy causes and both have a GAA link. The Burke Family Ballyglasheen had the traumatic experience of losing their home due to a fire just after Christmas. Not many will remember that Frankie Burke played for the Club while his son Patrick lined out with the juveniles and his grandson Paul Denn graces our playing fields today.

Noel Ryan from Kilcash became ill last summer and is also deserving of support. His brother Tony won many All Ireland Titles in handball and teamed up with Noel to win a number of All Ireland Doubles Titles.

Tables will be €40 and the quizmaster promises to keep the questions easy. It will start at 8.45pm We are aware that many of you will have already subscribed to those causes but everyone is welcome and assured of a good night’s fun. The question master promises to have the questions easy so come along and enjoy the craic.

18/2: The Slievenamon combination of Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick’s maintained their unbeaten record when they defeated Killenaule at Cloneen in the Co Minor Football League. They dominated the first half. Poor shooting meant they led by only 0-7 to 0-4 at half time. They hit a purple patch early in the second half. Killenaule had a last minute consolation goal but the combo ran out winners by 2-13 to 1-7.

TEAM: Colm Dunne, Paul Kennedy, Darren Maher, Gerry Mullaly, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Horan, Richard Needham 1-0, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Shane Gorey 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy, Neil Gleeson 0-1, Damien Mc Carthy 0-6, (5 Frees), Eoin Mc Cormack 0-2 and John Moroney 1-1. SUBS: Damien Barry, Stuart Broderick and Keelan O’Neill.

Their next match will be against Eire Og/Annacarty this Wednesday night (21st) at 7.45 at Cappawhite.

Saturday 3rd March Clonmel High School will play Abbey CBS in the Munster Colleges “B” Final. Our Club have a number of representatives on the team – more details next week.

The U/21 Football team will travel to Cloneen on Saturday at 3.30pm to play old rivals Fethard in the championship. A little bit of vocal support would be appreciated.

On Friday March 2nd a Table Quiz will be held in Robinson’s Lounge, please note change of date, the proceeds of which will go to two very worthy – the Ryan and Burke Funds. Tables will be €40. It will start at 8.45pm and we appeal for your support.

Thank you to all of you who supported the Church Gate collection in aid of the Epilepsy Association which was taken up by club members. The proceeds realised €464.70.

11/2: Slievenamon a combination of Kilsheelan and St Patrick’s got off to winning start in the County Minor Football League away to Mullinahone. They had a slender 1-5 to 0-6 lead at the interval before going on to win by 4-10 to 0-8. Eight Kilsheelan players started namely Paul Kennedy, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Paul Denn 0-1, Pádraic Hickey, Lorcan Ryan, Darren Mc Carthy 0-1, Damien Mc Carthy 0-1 and Donnacha Lonergan 0-2 while Riain O Cuinneagain entered the fray late in the game.

Having won one and lost one our U/14 Hurling team got back to winning ways when they had an easy win over Waterford’s Erin’s Own in the Carrigeen Tournament on Saturday night last. They are likely to be playing again this weekend.

On Friday 23rd February there will be a Table Quiz in Robinson’s Lounge. The proceeds will go to two very worthy causes and both have a GAA link. The Burke Family Ballyglasheen had the traumatic experience of losing their home due to a fire just after Christmas. Not many will remember that Frankie Burke played for the Club while his son Patrick lined out with the juveniles and his grandson Paul Denn graces our playing fields today.

Noel Ryan from Kilcash became ill last summer and is also deserving of support. His brother Tony won many All Ireland Titles in handball and teamed up with Noel to win a number of All Ireland Doubles Titles.

Tables will be €40 and the quizmaster promises to keep the questions easy. It will start at 8.45pm and we appeal to you from the four corners of the Parish to come out and support this event.

How would you like to be a Referee? Is there anyone out there who would consider taking up the whistle? New Referees are needed – why not give it a try? Courses for Referees will be coming up shortly – all enquiries to Keith O’Brien or Seamus Roche.

We extend our sympathy to the following: the Fitzpatrick, O’Keeffe and Barry Families on the death of Mary O’Keeffe and the Ormonde Family on the death of their uncle Matty Maher

4/2: The Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club proved very successful with 16 teams taking part. Many teams were in contention all the way through but in the end the foursome of Noel & Ruth Murphy and Kieran & Una Cosgrave emerged winners. Runners up were the Tobin Family Kilnoracy. Thanks to all who attended, provided raffle prizes, refreshments and the helpers on the night.

We have another Quiz coming up shortly which will be in aid of two worthy local causes – More details next week.

Membership is now due and can be paid to Keith O’Brien & Liam Stokes or indeed any committee member.

Activities resume on the playing field this Sunday. Due to the lack of players at Minor level this year we are teaming up with St Patrick’s in both codes. Our opening match will be in the County League away to Mullinahone.

Competitive action on the South Tipperary playing fields will start on the weekend of the 24/25th February when our U/21 Football team will be in action.

28/1: At the Clubhouse on Friday night last our victorious U/14 “B” Hurling team were presented with their medals. Guest for the occasion was Kilkenny’s Martin Comerford. He spoke at length to the players and left them in no doubt the commitment that is required to achieve success and reach the top. Well done to all who organised this most enjoyable event.

Calling all quiz enthusiasts. The Annual Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club will take place at Robinson’s Lounge on this Friday at 9pm (2nd). The quiz Master promises to keep the questions easy and as usual the opening question will relate to activities in the Juvenile club in 2006. Now is the time to check the facts. Tables of four just €20. It must start at 9pm sharp as many of the participants will be going to Maura’s birthday party.

Membership is now due and should be paid as soon as possible to Keith O’Brien or Liam Stokes. Adults €30 and Students and Minors €15.

8/1: All roads led to Templemore last Sunday for the Intermediate Football Quarter Final against Kildangan. The side played well and secured victory by a ten point margin. Next Sunday we make the shorter journey to Monroe for the Semi Final clash with Rockwell Rovers. This will be a much sterner test and further improvement will be needed if we hope to win a place in the Final. We ask you to come out in large numbers at 12noon to support the team. They deserve your vocal support for the effort they have put in during the year. 

In the replayed Junior “B” Football Semi Final our side lost to Commercials. In the drawn match Kilsheelan notched up twelve points but on this occasion they could only put four over the bar. Over the hour they missed some easy chances. Promising moves often broke down when elementary mistakes were made. On a positive note they did well to reach this stage and played six matches on the way. Best on the day were Michael Dempsey, Colm Sweeney, William Larkin, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Eddie O’Connell and Ciaran O’Halloran.

1/1: The annual Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club will take place in Robinsons on Friday 26th January – so get your teams together – more details later.

We extend our sympathy to the Nugent Family on the death of Sean’s brother-in-law in Dublin and also the Logan Family on Helen’s untimely death. The Family had an association with the Club down through the years.

 

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