Friday 22nd November will be be a night to remember as we celebrate our club’s 50th year. We have a great night’s entertainment planned for The Set Theatre, Kilkenny!
We will be launching a book filled with great memories over the last 50 years and we have the legendary Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh as Special Guest on the night to launch the book. This will be followed by a ‘History of the Club’ presentation and there will be a Q and A with some of our former players. This is a free event but Please Note it is Strictly Over 18s.
Doors will open at 7.30pm with the book launch commencing at 8pm SHARP.
Pictured above is our Club Chairman, Dave O’Neill presenting the final draft of the book to Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh when he met him last week.
All roads led to John Locke Park, Callan once again last Sunday for the replay between Graigue-Ballycallan and Mullinavat. After a thrilling encounter in horrendous conditions the previous Sunday, hopes were high that GBC could go one better on this occasion.
While GBC had the much better start in the drawn game, it was the southern opposition that sprang into life from the throw-in. Read more
A date for the Diary – Thursday 26th September @ 7.30pm in Tom Ryall Park
We would encourage all our coaches/trainers in the club to attend this very useful presentation by Paul Kilgannon.
As you are all aware, 2019 sees Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its foundation. The GBC 50 Committee are in the process of compiling a special souvenir publication to commemorate this special occasion, which will be launched on the 22nd November.
We now need your help and are appealing for old photographs spanning the last fifty years. These photographs can be of past teams, mentors, officials, supporters, celebrations indeed any subject relating to the Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club and its history since 1969.
Photographs to be published will be chosen by the editor but in order to have a pictorial record of what Graigue-Ballycallan GAA has meant to this community since its foundation, we need your assistance.
Photographs will be copied and returned in a timely fashion to those who wish to contribute.
Please contact Philomena Brennan (086) 0655854 if you feel you can help.
Congratulations to Tom Brennan, Ballyline (No.12) on winning the Michael Foley Tournament Shield recently with Kilkenny U16 Development Squads in Ferns, Co. Wexford. Well done Tom!
It was perhaps with some trepidation that supporters travelled to Freshford last Saturday as GBC took on Erin’s Own in the last round of the St. Canice’s Credit Union SHL. Defeat would ensure the team would be contesting the first round of the Championship certain in the knowledge another defeat would see them fighting to retain their recently achieved Senior status.
After a fourteen week break over the summer, the St. Canice’s Credit Union SHL resumed on Saturday 31st August. GBC’s opponents were neighbours Danesfort and the tie was fixed for John Locke Park in Callan.
Playing with the assistance of a very strong breeze it became evident early on that opponents Danesfort meant business. They quickly built up a five point lead which in truth left GBC struggling to pull back for the duration of the entire game.
Equipment has arrived and we are ready to erect the new ball stopping nets behind all goals.
Please be aware there are safety issues involved with this work. On training evenings, the pitches are out of bounds to anybody not participating in training!
While the sun was absent from Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh on Sunday last, it was at least dry as the people flocked to the annual Family Fun Day. With proceedings starting at 12 noon, locals and visitors alike were treated to an event packed afternoon. The Ballycallan Fife and Drum Band led the teams of hurlers and camogie players around the manicured pitch and for the next two hours the aspiring stars played their hearts out in front of their proud parents and grandparents! Each team member was duly rewarded with a treat bag for their efforts.
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club & St. Brigid’s Camogie Club are holding their Annual Family Fun Day and Firewood Auction on Sunday 11th August 2019 in Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh.
This is one of the Club’s main fundraisers and all proceeds go towards our running costs. This year we will have all the usual attractions, Under-Age Hurling and Camogie blitz, sports events, cross-bar challenge and of course the ever popular “Where will Winnie Pooh”. The eagerly anticipated big raffle for a Tractor Trailer load of Sticks will of course take place. Read more
Graigue Ballycallan played near neighbours Tullaroan in the first round of the Junior A HC on Tuesday last 6th August. The large crowd were treated to a good open game with both sides eager to reach the quarter final. GBC made the better start and quickly built up a four point lead, which in fact they were never to surrender throughout. GBC dominated in most areas of the field and with their good combination play went into the break leading by six points.
Our club hosted the annual Billy Ronan Memorial Tournamant on 28th July in Tom Ryall Park. Graigue Ballycallan were up against a much stronger O’Loughlin Gaels team who ran out easy winners on a scoreline of 5-19 to 1-8. Trophies were presented by Johnny Ronan to the winning O’Loughlin’s team. Thanks to everyone who helped out in the organisation of this event. Read more