Celebrates 50th Anniversary
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Graigue-Ballycallan Gaa Club, you are all cordially invited to Tom Ryall Park, Kilmanagh on Friday 5th July for a summer barbeque with events for the children, music and reminiscences.
Proceedings will commence at 7pm sharp with the celebration of an open-air Mass to officially open our evening.
There will be a myriad of different activities for the younger of our members which will include hurling, rounders , speed tests, piñatas and for the first time ever a water dunk event (several well know faces are queuing up to act as victims!!!)
The ever popular barbeque will cater for all appetites and of course the old reliable cuppa will be available in the kitchen.
So come to the pitch on Friday 5th July, meet old faces and a lot of new ones as we come together to acknowledge the last 50 years in our club’s history and look forward with great anticipation to the next half century.
See you all there.
GBC U13’s played Mooncoin in Round 2 of the Roinn B League in Tom Ryall Park on Friday last 28th June. Again this young team came up against a bigger physical side but they refused to take a step back. Mooncoin opened with a pointed free but GBC responded with a well taken goal from Aidan Ging to go ahead early. It was end to end for most of the first half with both defence’s on top, in particular Ben McEvoy was excellent between the posts for GBC. After going 15 minutes without scoring, a late ’65 and a long range shot from No.6 Aidan Comerford dropped under the crossbar and gave GBC a lead 2-3 to 0-4 at Half Time. Read more
St. Brigid’s will be represented in the U16 Long Puck County Final on Thursday 27th June in Gowran Park by Abby O’Keeffe. Best wishes to Abby from all in St. Brigid’s Camoige. Abby (centre) is pictured here with Roisín Casey and Cara Keating who were runners up on the night!
GBC opened their U13 Roinn B League campaign against Kilmacow at sunny Tom Ryall Park recently. These boys have been training together with U11s since late February in preparation for school’s and club matches. They’ve played 4 challenge matches over the last month with mixed performances so the management team were unsure how the opening match would go against a physically bigger Kilmacow team.
St. Brigid’s Camoige Club would like to wish Lauren Ronan the very best of luck in the All-Ireland National Féile Skills on Saturday 22nd June in GAA National Centre of Excellence Abbottstown, Dublin. Lauren represents both St. Brigid’s and Kilkenny on the day.
Pictured shows Ann Marie Hoyne U14’s coach presenting Lauren with a sports voucher on behalf of Club. Best of luck Lauren!!
As many of you are aware the Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club has embarked on an ambitious plan of development of the facilities in Tom Ryall Park. Last year, the roof of the complex was totally replaced and a new mower purchased. Several grant applications have been submitted to various Funding Bodies and we expect to hear how and if these applications have been successful by the end of the summer. A Full Planning Permission application for the proposed new building and walkway was also submitted to Kilkenny Co Co. A request for further information and clarification of some aspects of our application has been requested by the Council and we are dealing with this request as we speak. Read more
Our U11 team visited Ballyragget on the 16th of June to compete in the Roinn B competition.
The group consisted of Graigue Ballycallan, Kinvara from Galway, Portlaoise, Ballyragget and our neighbours Danesfort.
First up was Portlaoise and the boys came though with flying colours, raising green flags and winning comfortably.
We had 24 very enthusiastic boys at our first training sessions on April 6th are are catering for over 30 boys in this age group.
We’ve played Danesfort and St. Lachtain’s in 2 challenge matches so far and all the parents and indeed grandparents are delighted with the stars for the future!!
Photos by Dermot Hoyne
The Annual U12 Fennelly Tournament took place on Saturday June 1st in sunny Tom Ryall Park in Kilmanagh. Six teams took part. In Group 1- Graigue Ballycallan, O’Loughlin Gaels and Lisdowney. In Group 2- Tullaroan, St. Martins and Ballyhale Shamrocks. Matches were 15 a-side, 30 minute matches.
GBC topped their group with maximum points to qualify for the Cup Final, O’Loughlin’s came 2nd to make the Shield Final. In Group 2 Ballyhale came out on top also with maximum points, St. Martins qualified for the Shield Final.
The sixth round of the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Hurling League took place in Kilmanagh on Friday last 7th June. Mooncoin were GBC’s opponents. With state examinations in full flow, both sides were missing several players from their panels. Despite this both sides served up an entertaining display.
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!
Our U14 girls were in Muckalee for our League match last night 29th May. A great win, securing their 3rd win out of 3 matches. Brilliant performance by all girls.
Full Time Score: St. Brigid’s 6-7 Muckalee 1-3.
Well done girls.