Blarney GAA news

Who Wants to be a Thousandaire. The club would like to sincerely thank everyone who made the Who Wants to be a Thousandaire night such a wonderful success. The club made a whopping €37,000 profit from the night and it would not have been possible without the help of our many volunteer fundraisers, our very generous sponsors and advertisers, not to mention everyone who attended on the night! Congratulations also to our brave contestants who took home €1,900 in prize money between them.

Blarney Players in Cork U17 Team. Clubmen Declan Hanlon and Shane Barrett have been part of the Cork under 17 hurling team that claimed the inaugural Munster title at the age-grade this month. Cork started out by defeating Limerick in the quarter final by 0-16 to 0-6 at the Gaelic Grounds. A week later they claimed an impressive 2-22 to 2-9 win over Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn to set up a final showdown away to Waterford. Cork ultimately triumphed by 3-13 to 1-12 in Dungarvan with Declan Hanlon putting in a strong performance. Everyone at Blarney GAA would like to congratulate Declan and Shane on their achievements. The lads have shown what is possible with hard work, dedication and skill.

U12s at Croke Park. The club was recently selected for accreditation on the Benchmarking 20/20 Vision Initiative. This award recognises the hard work the club has undertaken to develop our games. As part of the award our under 12 team were invited to play in a specially-organized blitz in Croke Park. The boys made the long trip to GAA HQ on Wednesday the 19th of April. In all, 17 boys made the journey. On arrival at Croke Park, the boys were treated to a tour of stadium, followed by an hour of hurling on the hallowed turf against three other teams from Munster – Newmarket on Fergus, Cappoquin and Carrick Swan. Although the games were exhibition matches the boys comfortably came out winners in each game. All players got plenty of game time and did the club proud. Special thanks goes to Donal Cronin who arranged the trip, Darragh Donoghue, Darragh Murray, the other mentors and Jack O’Keeffe our referee. Thanks also to the many parents that travelled up on to support and help out. Team Panel: Gerry Murphy, Daniel O’Leary, Joe Cronin, Tieran Buckley, Cian Lawless, Jack Murray, Alex Manley, Daniel Manley, TJ Enright, Sean McDermott, Sean O’Connor, Eoin Aherne, Danny O’Mahony, John Óg Walsh, Ronan Byrd, Ronan Twomey, Cian O’Connell Mentors: Donal Cronin, Colin Lawless and Darragh Donoghue

Underage Round Up. The U15 team have led the way at underage, winning both of their league games and defeating Carrigaline by 3-13 to 2-6 in the opening round of the Premier 2 championship. Unfortunately the lads were beaten by Ibane Gaels in the semi-final but they can be very proud of their efforts. The U14s have also performed extremely well, reaching the semi finals of the Feile, having come through the opening rounds with relative ease. The lads were unlucky to lose out to Buttevant in semi-final after extra time. They have been very busy both in hurling and football this month. Our U13s have been in hurling league action this month, recording a win over Carrigaline and defeats to Cobh and Lisgoold. The U16 team have played hurling and football league games this month, defeating Grenagh in football and going down to Douglas in hurling. The minors have also had a busy month, defeating the likes of Bishopstown and Douglas on the way to a clean sweep of hurling league wins in April.

Pitch Maintenance. Plenty of work has gone into ensuring our pitches are in great condition before the busy summer months. Early in the month Stephen Forrest, assisted by Ray O’Donovan sanded and drained the pitch in order to encourage vigorous grass-growth. The turf was in excellent condition for the recent football double-header involving Nemo Rangers, Mallow, Douglas and Clyda Rovers. Brian Jordan also dressed the pitch with some eye-catching designs that gained major traction on social media.

Blarney Woollen Mills sponsor new jerseys. Freda Hayes of Blarney Woollen Mills visited the club grounds on Tuesday the 25th of April to present the Premier Intermediate hurlers with an impressive new set of jerseys. The Kelleher family have been tireless supporters of the club since 1975, and we are eternally grateful for their continued support through good times and bad. Blarney Woollen Mills has been the focal point of the village since its foundation, and its connections to our club go back through many generations. Prior to the jersey presentation Freda and Martin Lynch reminisced about the role their fathers played in acquiring the site of our club grounds, sharing treasured memories that highlighted the enduring links between the Kelleher family and Blarney GAA. Several current players were on hand to accept the new jerseys and Freda wished the lads well in next weekend’s championship match against Watergrasshill. We would like to reiterate our sincere thanks to Freda and Blarney Woollen Mills for their ongoing support of the club.

Schools Coaching. Club players Conor Murphy, Alan McEvoy and Mark Coleman have been out in the local schools this week, offering their coaching skills to the boys and girls of Blarney. The coaching sessions will continue over the next 6 weeks and have been specially designed with fun and enjoyment in mind. We’re very grateful to Scoil Croí Íosa and Gaelscoil Mhuscraí for their enthusiasm and support for this programme.

Adult Round Up. With the Muskerry Championship fast-approaching, the Junior A football team have been training hard and competing in the league, claiming two wins so far over Inniscarra and Kilmurry. The lads will face Donoughmore in the first round of championship next month. The Junior B hurlers have been back in league action over the last few weeks. They claimed a high-scoring draw against Cloughduv, followed up by an away defeat to a strong Killeagh side on the 20th of April. The Junior A hurlers have had a relatively quiet April in terms of competitive matches but have been training and playing challenge matches.