National Primary School makes History 2007 – 2009


2007: Minor Football: At the AGM it was noted that Kilsheelan would not have sufficient players and it was agreed that they would join with St Patrick’s and were called Slievenamon. In Division 1 of the county League they won their way to the Final. This took place in Cashel against J K Brackens. They led all the way but in the end they were somewhat lucky to win by 2-9 to 0-13.

After the match Chairman of the Football Board Pete Savage presented the trophy to the winning Captain Paul Denn.

TEAM: Richard Needham, Stuart Broderick, Darren Meagher, Shane Gorey, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pádraic Hickey, Paul Kennedy, Paul Denn, Paul Horan 0-2, Robert Mc Cormack 0-1, Darren Mc Carthy, Donnacha Lonergan, Damien Mc Carthy 2-3, Eoin Mc Cormack 0-2 and Neil Gleeson 0-1.

SUBS: Lorcan Ryan for Shane Gorey and Michael Geraghty for Damien Mc Carthy.

In the championship they had an impressive run with their only defeat to Moyle Rovers. They won their way to the Final and again met Moyle Rovers who beat them by 2-11 to 1-3.

U/21 “B” Football: In the championship Kilsheelan defeated Fethard and Mullinahone to reach the Final against Carrick Davins. This took place at Monroe. Kilsheelan were easily the better side and won by 1-16 to 2-5.

In the County Semi Final they met Burgess. This proved to be an outstanding hour’s football and it took extra time to separate the sides. Burgess, who were much stronger physically, won out by 4-11 to 2-13.

TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Lorcan Ryan, Eoin Twohig, Brian Richards, Tommy Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Pádraic Hickey 0-1, Eoin Ryan, Ciaran Gibbs, Paul Denn, Donnacha Lonergan 1-2, Ross Larkin, Michael Mc Hugh (Capt) 1-10 and James Geraghty.

SUBS: Darren Mc Carthy for Ciaran Gibbs, Ian Coughlan for Ross Larkin and Shane Prendergast for James Geraghty.

In Junior"B" Football Kilsheelan lost their opening match to Carrick Swan. They went on an unbeaten run and reached the Semi Final where they met Commercials. Commercials equalised with the last kick of the game to force a replay. On this occasion Commercials won by 1-7 to 0-4.

In Intermediate Football apart from one defeat to Fr Sheehy’s Kilsheelan reached the Final where they took on Ballyporeen at Ardfinnan. At one stage they were nine points down. They made a great recovery but lost by 1-15 to 0-17.

In the County Quarter Final they defeated Kildangan by 3-14 to 2-7. In the Semi Final against Rockwell Rovers they were defeated by 0-7 to 0-5.

In the Minor Hurling "A" championship they again joined with St Patrick’s when they reached the Semi Final where they lost to Moyle Rovers by 5-14 to 2-5.

In the U/21"B" Hurling championship Moyle Rovers again proved their bogey team when they lost to them in the Semi Final.

The Junior "B" Hurling team just missed out for a place in the knockout stages.

The Intermediate Hurling team had a very poor run and lost all seven matches.

The Golf Classic organised by the Finance committee comprising of Keith O’Brien, Dan O’Connor, David Power, Eleanor Roche and Liam Stokes was a wonderful success with over €20,000 raised. Jim Strang & Sons were the main sponsors.

Burke & Ryan Funds : A Table Quiz was held in Robinsons in support of the Burke Family who lost their home due to a fire and Noel Ryan Kilcash who suffered ill health.

We had 440 members in the County Draw.

We had a total Membership of 129 members which is an increase of 11 on 2006

Website: The general feeling is that more people are logging on to the Website which is updated weekly with any news and also all match reports both adult and juvenile are recorded.

St Augustine's: The combination of Kilsheelan and Fethard who won the South Senior Hurling Championship for the first and only time in 1982 held a re-union in Hotel Minella in October.

County Champions '68 & '72In recent years the County Board have been honouring teams who won County Senior Titles in the past. County Senior Football Final day was Sunday 4th November in Cashel and this year it was the turn of the Kilsheelan winners of ’68 & ’72 to be feted. Later in the evening they were treated to a meal in the Clonmel Park Hotel. Each member, or their representative, was presented with a framed copy of the Photograph taken earlier in the day as a momento.

The South Board celebrated its Centenary this year. One of the main events was a Parade through Clonmel on Easter Monday and our Club was well represented. Other important occasions were the launching of the Centenary book and the Banquet attended by GAA President Nicky Brennan.

There were also a number of graveyard commemorations including Gambonsfield where wreaths were laid at the graves of Johnny Kehoe and Jerry O’Keeffe. On the same evening there was also a presence at Old Kilsheelan Graveyard.

The U/10 Football championship was played under a blitz format. Kilsheelan took the South Title when they defeated St Patrick’s by 2-8 to 0-2.

TEAM: Brian Guiry, Aaron Fogarty, Edward Carroll, Ryan Longeran, Brian Twohig, Darragh Brennan, Stephan Laharte, Brendan Martin, Martin Gibbs, Darragh Kelly, Eoghan Kelly, Mark Kehoe, Michael Bayliss, Evan Quigley, Eoin Flavin. Kevin Kehoe, who was injured for the Final. The subs, who played an important part over the six games emphasizes the importance of the squad were: Kyle O Connell, Jack O Donnell, John Bayliss, Conor Murphy and Sean Martin.

In the U/12 “B” Football Final Ardfinnan defeated Kilsheelan by 3-5 to 1-3 after a replay.

Pride of Place goes to the U/14 Football team who proved much too strong for all opposition and in the County Final defeated Golden-Kilfeacle by 6-13 to 0-2.

TEAM: Colin Gleeson, Eoin Kehoe, David Corcoran, Brian Grant, David Columby, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, Bill Maher 1-2, Conor Murphy 2-3, Jamie Cronin, Dean Mulcahy 1-3, Lydia Ahearne, Alex Harte 1-1, John Kehoe 1-4 and Adam Hantz.

SUBS: Kevin Kirwan, Tadgh Lonergan, James Murphy, Conor Tobin and Finbar Horgan.

Other Panel members were: Ruairi Doyle, William Lonergan, Sean Ryan, David Smyth and Joel O’Dwyer.

In the South Tipp Centenary U-10 hurling tournament in Cahir Kilshelan edged out St Patrick’s by two points in the Final.

Team: Brian Guiry, Aaron Fogarty, Daire Brennan, Edward Carroll, Brian Twohig, Martin Gibbs, Stephen Lahart, Brendan Martin (Capt), 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.


U/14 Hurling team who won the Carrigeen Tournament on Sunday evening last. This competition was played under floodlights on an artificial surface measuring eighty metres by forty metres. In the Final they beat Emeralds from Urlingford by 4-6 to 3-6 after a hectic game

TEAM: Adrian Mc Guire, Kevin Larkin, David Corcoran, David Columby, Colin Gleeson, Alex Harte 1-1, Bill Maher 0-2, Conor Murphy 2-0, John Kehoe (Capt) 1-3 and Jamie Cronin.

SUBS: Brian Grant, Dean Mulcahy, David Smyth, Ruari Doyle, William Lonergan, Tadgh Lonergan and Eoin Kehoe.

Kevin Larkin lined out for Tipperary in the Tony Forristal Tournament in Waterford. They qualified for the Final but were unfortunately beaten by Waterford.

Finance: The Juvenile Club held a cycle from Croke  Park to Kilsheelan when 18 cyclists (The Croker Cruisers) made the journey. Over €50,000 was raised with 25% going to the Hospice Movement.

Kilcash National School made history on 11st December when they became County Champions in Cumann na mBunscoil Football Roinn F. They beat Kilross 10-8 to 3-1. teams to become County champions.

TEAM: Aaron Fogarty, Joe O’Neill., Eimer Columby, Eric O’Shea (Capt.), Brendan Martin, Martin Gibbs and Brian Twohig played their hearts out as well as the subs of Kelly Walsh, Ryan Murray, Becky Mullins, Aaron Dempsey and Sean Martin.

In 2008 the Minor Football Football team were first on the field and reached the County Division 2 Final and lost to Ardfinnan by 1-11 to 2-5. In the Championship a combination of injuries and small panel brought mixed results and we failed to complete our full compliment of matches.

The U/21 Football team had similar problems with personnel while players playing other codes left us down and we lost the first round and also lost the next round in the losers group.

The Junior Football went into the championship well prepared and lost only one match out of four to reach the "B" Semi Final. Clonmel Og were our opponents in very poor ground conditions and our lightweight attack made little impression as we were beaten by 1-9 to 2-1.

The Intermediate Football got of to a very poor start as there was a general lack of interest in training and they lost the opening two matches. It was now down to win or your out. The team pulled themselves together and recorded three wins in a row. They got their revenge over Ballyporeen in a replay to qualify for the Final were they met Clonmel Og. An injury hit side failed to last the pace and they lost by a point on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-8.

TEAM: David Power, Naoise O Cuinneagain, Noel Ryan, Martin Larkin, Ian Coughlan 0-2, Tommy Ryan, Michael Halpin , John Roche (Capt), Eoin Ryan, Donnacha Lonergan, Adrian Walsh, Michael McHugh 0-4, Eddie Sweeney, Keith Robinson and John Noonan 1-0.

SUBS: Damien McCarthy 0-2 and Pierce Larkin

As Division losers the team qualified for the County Quarter Final. A fine second half display resulted in a 0-12 to 1-6 victory. In the County Semi Final against Golden-Kilfeacle a late goal by Edward Sweeney helped Kilsheelan to victory by 1-11 to 0-13.

In the County Final Clonmel Og were Kilsheelan's opponents, hopes were high that they would end the 36 year famine since our last County Adult Title. The sides were level at half time but Clonmel Og's superior fitness in the second half was decisive and they won by 2-9 to 2-6.

TEAM: David Power, Noel Ryan, Jimmy Ryan, William Larkin, Martin Larkin, Tommy Ryan, Naoise O Cuinneagain, John Roche 1-0, Eoin Ryan, Pierce Larkin 1-1, Pakie Larkin, Ian Coughlan, Michael McHugh 0-3, Paul Denn and Eddie Sweeney.

SUBS: Damian McCarthy 0-1 for Ian Coughlan and Michael Halpin for Jimmy Ryan

SELECTORS: Tommy Lonergan (Manager), Michael O’Loughlin (Coach), Jim Healy, William Robinson RIP. CAPTAIN: John Roche

We affiliated teams in Minor & U/21 Hurling but had to withdraw as we did not have sufficent players.

At the AGM it was agreed not to field a team in Junior "B" Hurling.

Sean Nugent Jnr and Michael Ryan took care of the Intermediate Hurling team. There was a lack of interest early on. The team started all their matches impressively but defeat was their lot in all five games.

The Clubs finances are in a healthy state due mainly to the success of the County Draw. A new fundraising idea took place called Score Predictition and was very successful.

Tom Larkin was honoured on the 50th Anniversary of winning the only Senior All Ireland Hurling Medal in the Club. An enjoyable function took place in Robinsons and a presentation was made to Tom.

John Donovan was honoured with a Sean Gael Award – for services to the Club in the past.

Former President & respected Administrator Jimmy Prendergast passed away in January.

Frankie Murphy a former Treasurer also went to his eternal reward.

The greatest shock of all was the passing of William Robinson. He was a former player,administrator, referee and was very much involved in GAA activity throughout the County and Province until his untimely death.

In the U/10 Hurling blitz Kilsheelan-Kilcash retained their Title when they defeated Cahir in the Final.

PANEL: Stephen Lahert, Conor Murphy, Aaron Fogarty, Frank Mallecoote, Chelsea Holden, Brian Guiry, Cian Quinn, Daire Brennan (C), Eoghan Flavin, Andrew Butler, Mark Kehoe, Darragh Kelly, Cora Maher, Sean Martin, Aaron Dempsey, Killian Mc Hale, Katherine Dowling, Oisin O’Connell, David Carroll, Jake Forrestal, John O’ Dwyer and Jamie Roche.

After an impressive run the U/12 Football team lost to Ballingarry in the Semi Final.

They reached the Final in the U/12 "B" Hurling but lost out to Ballylooby by 1-3 to 0-4.

The U/16 Football team reached the "B" Final. In an earlier roudn they had an easy win over Ballyporeen. However, the the Final Ballyporeen turned the tables winning by 4-5 to 2-7.

In the various colleges competitions Clonmel High School were represented by Kilsheelan players Kevin Larkin, John Kehoe, Conor Murphy, Adrian Mc Guire and Bill Maher.

In the Cumann na Bunscoil Kilcash National School defeated Castleiney by 10-8 to 3-1.

TEAM: Aaron Fogarty, Joe O'Neill, Emer Columby, Eric O'Shea, Brendan Martin, Brian Twohig and Martin Gibbs.

SUBS: Ryan Murray, Kelly Walsh, Becky Mullins, Aveen O'Neill,Thomas Avery, Sean Martin, Aaron Dempsey, Katy Mullins and Naomi Ryan.

In 2009 the Minor Football team got to the Final of Division 2 of the County League but lost out ot Golden-Kilfeacle. Having entered in the "B" championship, the team had to withdraw due to lack of players.

The U/21 Football team completed in the "B" championship. In the first round they lost to Knockmealdown Gaels. First round losers got a second chance, again a shortage of players together with lack of interest meant that Cahir got a walkover.

The Junior Football team had mixed luck and failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

The Intermediate Football team were unbeaten after six matches. Despite losing to Clonmel Og in their last match they qualified for the Semi Final when they met Ballyporeen. It was an uphill battle after conceding three goals in the first quarter and we were eventually beaten by a single point.

The Minor Hurling team were narrowly defeated by Swan in their opening match in the "B" championship. In the next round they defeated St Patricks in a high quality game. The Semi Final was played in Goatenbridge and in very poor ground conditions they were beaten by Cahir.

In the U/21 "B" Hurling championship, a lack of players forced the Club to team up with Marlfield. In the first round they easily defeated Cahir but lost out to Ballybacon-Grange in their next outing.

In the Junior "B" Hurling they played five matches. They came out on top in just the one match.

Having played in the Intermediate Hurling championship in 2008, the team sought and were granted Junior "A" status. They made a promising start with a win over Ballylooby-Castlegrace. It was downhill after that and their only other point gained was a draw with Newcastle.

A Development Committee namely Kevin Kelly, Sean Nugent, Keith O’Brien, Dan O’Connor, David Power and Liam Stokes produced a comphrensive Development Plan.

LA NA gCLUB: To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Association every Club was expected to use their grounds for gaelic activities on Sunday 10th May. A time capsule filled with appropriate memorabilia was hidden away and is not to be opened until 10th May 2034.

The U/10 Football competition was in the form of a blitz. After a number of fine displays the team won their way to the Final where they were beaten by Clonmel Commercials.

In the U/12 "B" Football championship the team easily won their way to the Final but were beaten by Moyle Rovers after a replay. Moyle Rovers later took County honours.

In the U/14 Football "B" competition the team had a very impressive run to the Final and easily defeated Killenaule. In the County Semi Final they beat Burgess by 4-6 to 1-2.

At sunny Holycross they took on Galtee Rovers in the Final. After a slow start they had a big lead at half time. After the interval they ran riot and ran out winners by 9-11 to 1-2.

John Smyth, Eric O’Shea, Cormac Fahey, Brendan Martin, Paul Maher 1-1, Tadgh Lonergan 0-2, Kevin Guiry, Eoin Kehoe, David Smyth, Sean Ryan 0-1, Kevin Kirwan (Capt)3-0, Eoghan Kelly, Paudie O’Donovan 1-2, Cian Flavin 2-3 and Riain Connolly 1-2.

SUBS: Joe O Neill 1-0 Eoghan Kelly, Aaron Larkin for Brendan Martin, Niall Butler for Paul Maher, Conor O’Farrell for Sean Ryan and Edward Ahearne for Riain Connolly.

OTHER PANEL MEMBERS: Martin Gibbs and Shane Brunnock.


In the U/16 Football we fielded in the "A" competition and lost only one match in the group stages. In the Semi Final they met Commercials. Having led for most of the first half they were beaten by 4-9 to 1-7.

In the U/12 "B" Hurling championship the team had easy wins in all their matches except one defeat to Killenaule. In the Semi Final they had a narrow win over Cahir. In the Final against Killeanule they turned the tables on them to win by 0-4 to 0-1. In the County Semi Final they had an 0-3 to 0-2 win over Moneygall.

The Final took place on the 5th September in Semple Stadium. The Club to date had never won a County Hurling Title of any description. The team started well and led by 1-2 to 0-1 at half time. Another goal early in the second half put them in the driving seat and they went on to win by 2-3 to 0-4 to make it a very historic occasion for the Club.

Team: Stephen Lahert, Kyle O’Connell, Martin Gibbs (Capt), Brian Guiry, Eoghan Flavin, Mark Kehoe, Evan Quigley, Eoghan Kelly 0-1, Brendan Martin 0-1, Kevin Kehoe, Daire Brennan 0-1, Sean Martin, Brian Twohig, Edward Carroll 2-0 and Darragh Kelly.

Other Panel Members : Ryan Lonergan, Aaron Fogarty, Chelsea Holden, Luke Kiely, Mark Stokes, Conor Murphy, Frank Mallekoute, Jack O’Donnell and Aaron Dempsey

The U/14 Hurling team took part in the "B" championship. They won all their matches including an easy win over Ballybacon-Grange at home. In the Semi Final they were well in control against Fethard. In the Final against Ballybacon-Grange they carried the favourites tag. They had a disastrous start when Ballybacon had three goals in the first ten minutes. They never played to their full potential and were beaten by 4-4 to 1-5. Ballybacon went on to take the County Title.

The U/16 Hurling team voluntarily went up to the "A" championship. Apart from losing to St Marys they won all their matches easily. In the Semi Final Mullinahone led by eight points at one stage. Kilsheelan recovered and led at half time and eventually triumphed by 2-13 to 3-8.

In the Final agaisnt St Marys word came through that St Marys were not fielding. The South Board awarded the game to Kilsheelan but team management did not want a bloodless victory and wanted to play the Final which took place at Fethard one week later. The team struggled all through and were beaten by 2-12 to 1-9.

TEAM: Adrian McGuire, Kevin Guiry, David Corcoran, Ruairi Doyle, Eoin Kehoe, Kevin Larkin, Colin Gleeson, Bill Maher, Dean Mulcahy, Jamie Cronin, Conor Murphy, Kevin Kirwan, John Kehoe, Alex Harte and David Columby.

SUBS: James Murphy, Finbar Horgan, Paul Maher, William Lonergan, Cian Flavin, Tadgh Lonergan.

Players from the Club represented the County and also many played a prominent part in Clonmel High School teams. They were: John & Eoin Kehoe, Conor Murphy, Colin Gleeson, Alex Harte, Kevin Larkin, Adrian Mc Guire, Bill Maher, Tadgh Lonergan, Kevin Kirwan, Kevin Guiry, Riain Connolly and Sean Ryan.

Detailed Reports on all games under Match Reports or Juvenile Notes


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