Blarney GAA news

March Madness! It’s been an exceptionally busy month for the club, with the launch of our new facilities, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Who Wants to be a Thousandaire preparations, and of course plenty of matches! Further details of events, fixtures, match reports and photos for our adult and underage teams can be found on the club website at Live match updates are also provided on our Twitter account, @BlarneyGAA

U21 Football Championship The U21 footballers were the first team into championship action and they put in a creditable performance. The lads recorded a narrow defeat to Naomh Abán and a victory over Kilmichael before agonisingly losing to Canovee by 1-11 to 0-10 on a cold night in Cloughduv. The lads were clearly disappointed with the manner of the defeat but can hold their heads high after a very spirited championship campaign. Credit must also go to Paul and Mark O’Leary, Colm Kiely, Tim Duggan and Padraig Conway who had the team very well prepared.

The Premier Intermediate hurlers are up and running again, with four games under their belt already. The lads started with a big away win over Cloyne, followed by successive draws against Courcey Rovers and Inniscarra, and a defeat away to Charleville. They have been drawn to face Watergrasshill in the first round of the championship, due to take place in late April.

Schools Coaching. Alan McEvoy, Conor Murphy and Mark Coleman have very kindly agreed to offer their skills as coaches to the local primary schools after Easter. The lads have all represented Cork at various levels and serve as an example to the children of what they can achieve with hard-work, dedication and no-little skill.

Blarney’s Mark Coleman has become a regular fixture in the Cork senior hurling team during the National Hurling League, putting in consistently strong performances throughout. Mark is also a dedicated clubman, as demonstrated by his willingness to help out in launching the Who Wants to be a Thousandaire event and involvement in schools coaching.

Club Beag is an initiative to introduce boys aged between 3-4 years of age to hurling/football in an informal and fun way. It encourages both children and adults to meet, make new friends, while enjoying sport in a safe & friendly environment. Club Beag was set up in Blarney GAA Club in 2012 and is becoming increasingly popular. If you are new to the community or not too familiar with GAA, it is a great way to get an insight into our club and become familiar with our facilities, while meeting other parents in a social/enjoyable environment. The club runs 30-minute sessions once a month on the second Saturday of each month from April – June (July for holidays) and August – October. The sessions take place in Blarney GAA grounds and this year we will have use of the new Astro Turf pitch. It is free to join Club Beag! Blarney GAA welcomes new young members from March 2017. We would be delighted to see new members any time during the year, so don’t worry if earlier sessions were missed. For further queries, please contact Club Beag’s Chairperson Mairead Sheehan on 087 4170690. We look forward to welcoming you!

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The village was awash with colour for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with the GAA and Camogie clubs making a strong contribution. Thanks to the generosity of John O’Donovan Haulage and the hard work of Ray Coleman’s team we were able to enter a very impressive float. Club members of all ages brought brilliant enthusiasm on the day and it was enough to win us the ‘best community float’ award on the day!