Joe Millea, whose sudden passing on Thursday 30th January 2020 was a much loved and respected member of our parish. A man of great qualities, he endeared himself to all whose path he crossed in his 78 years.
A devoted family man, his wife Helen, daughters Tracy and Sinead, sons Sean and Niall were paramount to everything he did. As the family extended he welcomed them into the fold with open arms. He loved the company of his grandchildren.
He will be sadly missed by his many great neighbours and friends throughout the parish and county. He was an outstanding hurler who gave great service to Graigue Ballycallan GAA Club winning a Northern Junior title in 1970 and a Junior Football title in 1960. Read more
Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered our annual Match Forecast Competition. Congratulations to the 2019 winners and we hope that we can look forward to your continued support in 2020. Best of luck to all of the teams in the 2019 Senior and Intermediate Championships. To see the full list of winners please click on the link: Standings after Final Round of Matches
Report by Philomena Brennan Little did the founding fathers of our great club know back in the Spring of 1969 that their hopes and dreams of a united club would, fifty years later, culminate in a night of celebration which saw nearly 300 people pack into the Set Theatre in John Street to proudly announce that they were proud to be members of the Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club. Read more
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.
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.
We would like to wish all the Junior and Leaving Cert students from Graigue Ballycallan GAA Club and St. Brigid’s Camogie Club the very best of luck in their exams which start tomorrow, 5th June. We hope to see you all back on the playing field when exams are over!
Well done to our clubmen Killian Egan, Aaron Brennan and Stephen Keoghan who were crowned All Ireland Colleges champions with St. Kieran’s College on Saturday 30th March 2018 and to St. Kieran’s Manager Tom Hogan who has had such an important involvement with our club over the years. St. Kieran’s were up against Presentation Athenry and came out winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-12 with both Aaron and Killian getting on the scoreboard, Aaron with 1 point and Killian with 2 long range points in the dying moments, both with a very significant contribution all over the pitch! Another very proud day for our little parish!
Our club celebrated all the success of 2018 with a Banquet and Medal presentation in the Newpark Hotel on Saturday 9th February 2019 and what a night of celebration it was. Medals were presented to our victorious Intermediate team on their wins in the League Shield Final, the Intermediate County Final and the Leinster Final. Our Juniors were presented with their medals for doing the League/Championship double in 2018 and our U21’s were presented with medals for their win in the U21B Championship.
Our sponsor, Ballykeeffe Distillery, opened proceedings with a drinks reception and the club presented Morgan and Anne Ging with a signed jersey to commemorate the wonderful year we had in 2018.
We held a raffle on the night with some great prizes and the proceeds were divided between two very deserving causes, St. Aidan’s NS’s new Sensory and Relaxation Room and The Smaritans. Pictured Eileen Heafey making presentatioin to Brigid Murphy (St. Aidan’s NS) and Willie O’Connor (The Samaritans)
We will have more photos and a full report from the night over the next few weeks!