PEIL Pride of place this week must surely go to our 3rd adult football team
which under the leadership of the redoubtable Willie ‘Decibels’ O’Hagan took
possession of the Macra na Feirme trophy by virtue of its defeat of Hollywood
in the final of the C-League in Laragh on Thursday night.
In his pithy acceptance speech Willie complimented the County
Board for having had the foresight to include in its schedule a league at this
said it had been well run and had proven to be very enjoyable for himself and
for his mostly high-mileage-on-the-clock colleagues. Thursday evening matches had been one of the
highlights of the week for them. Willie paid tribute to Daniel English and
Kenny Naughton who had been instrumental in setting up the team and to its
manager John Wynne whose relaxed style was a major factor in the team’s
enjoyment of the league.
At the end of his speech Willie proudly pointed to the emblem the
team had worn on its jerseys as a token of regard for the late Phealim Byrne.
On Sunday our seniors were matched against a formidable Avondale
side who were coming off a 4-13 to 2-10 win over Baltinglass. Avondale won but
as the final score, 2-6 to 0-10, would suggest they certainly did not have
things their own way and until Avondale got their 2nd goal
8 or 9 minutes from time, the game could have gone either way. Conditions
were far from ideal so the players are to be complimented for the manner in
which they adapted to them to produce quite an entertaining and intriguing
Eire Og was a point in front at the break but lost the lead 5
minutes into the 2nd half
with the arrival of the opponents’ 1st goal. Na
Clocha Liatha fought back to equality shortly after with points from David
Rooney, Matt Maguire and Daniel Keane. The Parnellites weren’t done and again built up a 3
Eire Og bravely responded and had brought back the lead to the minimum
entering injury time. A little more penetration in the forward
division might have carried the day.
KELLOGG’S CUL CAMPAI Eire Og
is at this moment in its 2nd week
of hosting its annual Cul Camps. Last week it was the football camp and this
week na camain are being swung with alacrity. Both camps were fully booked. Obviously
their fame has gone abroad and parents have expressed satisfaction with their
content and value. One
could maybe be a little cynical and have a suspicion that some parents see them
as a glorified baby-sitting service. So what? They were instituted to expose children to
the delights and challenges of our wonderful Gaelic games in pleasant
unpressurised circumstances and it was hoped that many would come to see them
as an attractive outlet for their youthful energies.
To paraphrase Oliver Goldsmith’s tribute to Auburn’s clergyman,
there was an optimism that “some who came with shoulder shrug would stay to
Their happy demeanour and the high fives etc. the children
exchanged with their coaches after the closing awards presentations testified
to their having had a very enjoyable few days.
Well done to Darren Hayden and his team of coaches!
Cul Camps are annual events which at this stage are taken very
much for granted and greatly unappreciated. They are in fact a remarkable feat of
organisation built on the G.A.A. club ethos and infrastructure. Cul
Camps are run throughout the 32 counties and abroad, and each year involve well
over 100K children.
GAMES Two players with Greystones connection,
Celine, daughter of Seamus Whooley and Caoimhe Ní Shuilleabhain former Eire Og
player are on the Europe camogie team. Both of them live in Brussels.