Monday, September 6, 2010

Thurs. 8.30pm: There is a further change to the minor fixture. It is now on Sunday in Ballyleague at 12 due to a bereavement in St. Brigid's club area.
Item 2: Though he will hardly see this I send my heartiest congratulations to Eoin Kennedy. He secured his seventh consecutive All-Ireland 60x30 Senior Singles title at Abbeylara, Co. Longford on Sat. the 4th when he defeated Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy in a thrilling final 21 to 20 and 21 to 15. Eoin is the son of Eugene and the grandson of a former champion Paddy and the nephew of Pat and Joe. While Boyle was once the heartbeat of the great and noble game of handball producing such champions as Paddy Perry,the Clarkes, Gaughrans and Paddy Reid among others, Eoin has long since joined the pantheon of great handballers from or linked to Boyle. It is such a pity that the game has declined to such a degree now and it would be a real optimist that would envisage its revival to old glories of its golden age. Se mo thuarim nach bfeicmid sin go deo. I dteanga do sean-athair comhghairdeas a Eoin. (Forgive my gaeilge...I must do better!)

2. I was glad though I may be in the minority-not for the first time-that Croke Park succeeded in keeping the crowd off the pitch on Sunday after the game. It really gives the winning team a time to celebrate with their playing colleagues, manager, trainers and those central and closest to the effort, in a civilised way. This was only mentioned to me lately but it also prevents the losing side from getting abuse from disappoined supporters. It's hard to imagine that but apparently it happens. The Kilkenny dynasty has taken a hit. I'm a great believer in history and am aware that all dynasties tumble. Remember the poem 'Ozymandias'? Will Tipp. be able to establish one? Will the cats come back next year? Isn't it something to be wondering what might happen next year already?
3. There is a get-together for the Boyle senior players in the Moving Stairs tomorrow Friday night at 8.....though I just got a text for training at 7.30 so I might be a bit late!
4. For the funniest piece ever, bar none, you could try and locate Effin Eddie on U tube or the Aherlow GAA web site or get a D.V.D copy from the one and only Eddie Moroney, Ballycrehane, Aherlow, Tipperary for €25.

Thurs: 1.30. There is a change of venue and time for the minor game on Sat. the 11th. It is now in Ballyleague at 4.15.
Wed. 6.30pm. The week-end fixtures are as follows: Sat. at Tulsk the Minors play St, Brigid's in the county semi-final at 4.45 (pm in case someone calls me!). All support appreciated as always. This is a very good side who play top class football so be advised. Are Brigids going for a serious number of titles in a row?
(On Sat. evening in Boyle, Sh. Gaels v Eire Og at 6pm. Intermediate relegation play-off).
Sun Div. 1 U 12 s' play Cl. na Gael at Boyle at 12.
Mon. evening at 6.30 Div. 4 U 12s' v St. Ronan's.

*******Please support Kilglass in their quest to win €100, 000 pitch makeover in the Kelloggs promotion by texting: Kelloggs Connacht to 53799. You should get a response, apparently giving you a pin. from whoever. You are only allowed one vote per day. If you don't get a response check spelling etc.
You could forward this to Theresa Kenoy at 087 9877814 and I presume they might be able to use that pin to vote for you.*****

Mon. 12.50: I've had an almost immediate response to my cowboy note borrowed from the golf club notes. My contact suggested that the cast from Bonanza as appropriate. I am not casting it though!
Mon. 12 noon.
The Club requests all members and supporters to assist in the efforts of Kilglass Gaels in winning the top prize of €100,000 in the Kelloggs Field of Dream promotion. They have qualified to represent Connacht as one of the four provincial representatives. They need all our votes to come out on top. To vote for Kilglass, just text Kelloggs Connacht to 53799-you can do this once per day- or log on to the Kelloggs Field of Dreams website. It would be a fine achievement for Kilglass with a fine reward so do what you can for Seamie and co.

Borrowed from Ml's golf notes: "An finally…….one of the highlights of the weekend was standing on the first tee watching the fiveball of John Keenehan, Tom Commons, Denis Dodd, Michael & Brian Furey gracefully appearing over the horizon in a scene reminiscent of an old cowboy western". ('The Return of the Magnificent Five')
Did anyone get the picture or maybe like the raising of the U.S. flag on Iowa Jima during W.W.11 we might have to renact it?

I see an interesting concept coming to Boyle in early October that of an 'Open Day' to highlight what the town and area has to offer.
Lotto:The following were the €20 winners at the most recent Boyle Club Lotto draw which was held in Mattimoes; Martin Henry, Jonathon Lyons, Tommy Vesey, Joe Simon, Seamus Cooney, Oisin O'Dowd, Joe Ryan (taxi), Oriel Regan, Gregory Cunningham AND J. P. Molloy. The house prize was won by Alice Mattimoe. The jackpot was not won and it will stand at €1,600 for this week's draw which will be held on Saturday night next with Team B in charge.

The U 12s will entertain Clan na Gael in the Division 1 Championship on Sunday next in the Abbey Park at 12 noon.
The U16s are continuing their preparations for their upcoming Division 1 County Final and for the forthcoming Ahern Cup competition.
The minors who had a very goo win over Cl. na Gael last week, will play St Brigids in the Division 1 County Semi-Final on this Friday evening-see fixtures for details.
The McGovern Directional Drilling team finished their O'Rourke Cup campaign with a narrow loss to Western Gaels on Saturday evening last. This defeat means that they have missed qualification for the semi finals on scoring difference. They have had a very promising campaign in this competition against the top senior clubs in the county and we remember fine performances especially against St. Aidan's in Ballyforan. This ends their competitive season. Thanks is extended to Gary and his management team of David, Bernie and co. and the entire panel of players for their dedication and committment throughout the season.
the Feelystone Junior team had comprehensive win over Kilglass Gaels in the North Junior 'B' Championship in Croghan on Sunday. They will meet the winners of Michael Glavey's and Kilmore in the Northern Final.(Well done to Finbarr and company on the Triathlon event).
The U21 Division I Championship is due to commence in early October with an away game versus Padraig Pearses followed by a home game with Castlerea and a trip to Frenchpark to play Elphin.
The Abbey Park is scheduled to host an Intermediate Championship relegation game between Eire Og and Shannon Gaels on Saturday evening at 6pm. All Club officials are asked to be present circa 5pm to act as stewards.
Congratulations are extended to Shane Feely and Sharon McCormack who were married recently.
Best wishes to Tadgh and Tomas who are recovering from surjery to injuries incurred in action.
Best wishes also to our diaspora constituency in far flung places. X number of days to Christmas!
Ladies Club;
Boyle U14 Girls are scheduled to play Padraig Pearses in Pairc an Phiarsaigh on Sunday evening next at 7pm.

Go raibh maith agaibh,
Martin Dolan/T.Conboy,
P.R.O Boyle GAA Club.
086 2413529

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