The hurling season has almost come to an end and it was a year of mixed fortunes for the club. Our Senior team did not make it to the Senior County Championship Final. However, they provided us with an excellent standard of hurling throughout the summer months. They showed great courage and commitment in reaching the semi-final stage against Abbey-Duniry. Everything seemed to go right for Abbey-Duniry on the day and they secured their position in the County Final against a formidable Athenry team. Athenry won the contest but Duniry took them to a replay. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players and the management team for the heroic displays of hurling and the commitment they have given to the club from the beginning of the year and to congratulate them on reaching the semi-final stage of the County Championship. Next year they will go that one step further and win the County Senior Title.
Our Junior A team have done extremely well. They have secured their place on centre stage when they contest the Junior A County Final against Kiltormer. They dismissed Athenry rather convincingly in the semi-final played in Ballinderreen in terrible weather conditions. Their encounter against Kiltormer will be tough as the Kiltormer lads are a strong and physical side. There is no doubt however, that under the guidance of Bertie Linnane, Martin Sheridan and Sean Davoren, they will come home Champions of the Junior A Final. We wish them every success in achieving their goal.
The Junior C team have also done the club proud. They have reached the County Quarter Final and are training hard to proceed further in their Championship campaign. We have every faith in you lads—keep up the good work!
The lotto currently has a Jackpot of £3500. The draw will take place in Kynes Central Tavery on Sunday the 8th November. Good luck to all who purchase tickets.
Congratulations to Claregalway Football Club
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Claregalway Junior A football team and management on winning the County title in Menlough against Kilconly on Saturday 31st October. It was a well merited win and we wish the club all the best in next year’s Intermediate campaign. Wel done to all concerned.
Martina Grealish, P.R.O.
Juvenile Hurling Update
All the hurling is over now for the year. No success at any age level. The Under 10s were still training until very recently but now have taken a break for the winter, until next April at least. Maybe next year might be a bit better weatherwise. So many of the under age matches were played in the rain and muck—it was unbelievable. May for the U14s was the wettest on record, June for the U12s was no better. The U16s got the best weather of the year around the races. The U13s were playing in near darkness as the evenings were shortening in September after doing nothing all summer.
The Juvenile Club held its annual fund-raising dance recently. The Oranmore Lodge Hotel was the venue. A nice crown attended. The band Together Again from Tuam were quite good. The Juvenile Club is indebted to all those who sold tickets for the dance who included the following: Paraic Hession, Patrick Kilalea, Pakie Fox, John Kenny, Johnny Kerrigan, John Fox, Enda Flaherty, Mairtin Connell, Jimmy Noone, Tony Kilgannon, Mary Davoran, Tomás Grealish, Roddy Kenny, Kitty and T.J. Hynes, Michael, Ronan and Declan Walsh.
Sincere thanks also to everybody from Claregalway and Carnmore who bought tickets and did not attend and especially to those who came along and danced!
Spot prizes on the night were generously donated by Liam Glynn, Airport Stores; George Glynn, Glynn’s Fruit & Veg.; Martin Hughes, Hughes, Claregalway; Grealishes Bar, Carnmore; Carnmore Stores, Jarlath & Bernie; Joe Kyne, Kynes Restaurant; Breda Dunleavy, Dunleavey’s, Claregalway; Martin Leonard, Dawn Dairy Distributer; Ronan Walsh, Walsh Fireplaces, Claregalway.
Michael Walsh, P.R.O.