Last Friday night, December 28th, our victorious U13’s were presented with their medals in Ballycallan Hall. In what was a great year for this bunch of hurlers, they won the Roinn A Country Cup in both Hurling and Football and the Cumann na mBunscoil Roinn A Final with St. Aidan’s NS. These boys were also very successful in the club competitions, winning the Roinn B Football Championship and the Roinn A Hurling Championship and the Lisdowney 7’s Shield.
They are the first county club to win the Tom Ryall Cup and it was fitting that members of the Ryall family were in attendance on the night. MC for the night, Club Charimain Dave O’Neill, presented all the players and Billy Ryan and John Byrne (Bord na nÓg Chairman) were on hand to present the medals and acknowledge their achievements.
We would like to wish all our players, managers, selectors, officers, volunteers and members a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. 2018 has been an amazing year for our club with success at many different levels and we still have an Intermediate All Ireland Semi Final to to look forward to in January. Thanks to everyone for their support in 2018 and we look forward to an even better 2019 !
Report by Philomena Brennan
2018 – What a year for Graigue-Ballycallan GAA. After winning accolades in Intermediate, Junior B and U13, the baton was passed to the U21’s on Sunday last 16thy December. After several disappointments at this grade over the last few years hopes were high as the supporters gathered in a cool but dry Pairc Lachtain in Freshford.
Despite desperate rain over the preceding days, great credit is due to the officials in Freshford for having the pitch in remarkable condition for this eagerly awaited clash against Bennettsbridge.
The medal presentation to our victorious Under 14 and Under 16 Camogie teams will now take place on Friday January 18th at 7pm in Ballycallan Hall.
Funeral Arrangements for the late Mick O’Neill, O’Loughlin Road, Kilkenny (Father of Willie O’Neill, Grand-Father of Billy O’Neill)
Reposing at his home from 6pm. on Saturday. Funeral Prayers on Monday at 9.30am at his home followed by removal to St. John’s Church for 10.30am Requiem Mass, burial afterwards in St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Rosary on Sunday at 7pm at his home. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Motor Neuron Disease Association.
Report by Philomena Brennan
The U-21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final took place in MW Hire Park, Dunmore on Saturday last. The match against Conahy Shamrocks was played under lights and while credit has to go to the ground staff for having the playing surface in excellent condition, the weather conditions could only be described as horrendous. Sweeping rain and high winds made hurling next to impossible and both sides have to be commended for the performances they put in.
Graigue Ballycallan U17’s had a very productive year where they reached the Quarter Final of the Championship against Piltown and a League Shield Final against The Rower Inistioge. Unfortunately results didn’t go our way either day but the lads gave it 100%.
Our Under 15 hurlers battled hard and bravely throughout every game contested this year. The League saw a mixed range of results ranging from wet and miserable conditions in Glenmore and Kilmacow to a dazzling summer performance in Paulstown.
We would like to wish our U21 hurlers and management team the very best of luck in the Roinn B County final this weekend. They take on Bennettsbridge at 1.30pm in Nowlan Park. It would be a fantastic finish to 2018 if the boys could bring home more silverware! Please come out and give them your support!
St. Brigid’s Camogie Club AGM took place on Saturday the 8th of December 2018.
The chairman John Cahill congratulated and thanked the players, management and mentors of all the camogie team especially the U14 and U16 teams on their success throughout the year. Also congratulations was given to the Senior Camogie team on winning the Leinster league in the spring. Congratulations were wished to all the girls that represented St. Brigid’s Camogie Club at county Intermediate level, underage squads, national Féile competition and school’s competitions. The future is bright for camogie in our parish.
What a weekend….Graigue Ballycallan are Leinster Champions after defeating Portlaoise in the Leinster Intermediate Club Final on Saturday 1st December. Our club and parish are so proud of this whole panel of players who have worked so hard this year and are now reaping the rewards, well done and congratulations to the players and management for giving us a year to remember and we look forward to the All Ireland Semi Final on 19th January 2019 where we will meet Charliville of Cork.
We will have a full match report in the coming days. If you would like to view the TG4 highlights show from last night please click on the link: TG4 Highlighs Monday 3rd Dec
Also, if you would like to see some photos from Saturday click on the link http://www.kilkennygaa.ie/gallery/index/category/1187