Féile na Gael Official Launch
The launch of the John West Féile na nGael took place in Ballymacarby, Co Waterford. It’s a border village with Newcastle, Co. Tipperary. The venue was Ballymacarby Community Centre where to commence the evening the huge attendance was treated to a top performance of music by local school band. All the young boys and girls simply put on a wonderful session and one could easily have listened to them for the whole evening only for other business had to be attended.
Michael Ryan former Waterford hurling manager who performed eloquently as M.C. introduced the following speakers prefaced each time by some lovely comments: Billy Walsh (Chairman Fourmilewater GAA), Paddy Joe Ryan (Chairman Waterford GAA), Michael Bourke (Chairman Tipperary GAA), Martin Skelly (National Féile Chairman), Catherine Neary (Camogie Chairperson), Willie Roche (Handball Chairman), Aogán Ó Fearghail (GAA President), Donal Shanahan (Tipperary/Waterford Chairman).
His Grace the Bishop of Waterford listened attentively as different speakers were hoping for some Divine intervention for the forthcoming league encounter between Waterford and Clare. Main speaker was Aogán O Fearghail president of C.L.G. who gave a very in-depth briefing of what the Féile was about.
Both Four Mile Water and Newcastle parishes had digital presentations on their respective parish communities. After the speakers had addressed the audience all were treated to more music, song and dance. Full credit to Michael Ryan Waterford renowned hurling manager who acted superbly as M.C for the evening and he had some lovely commentary on all his guest speakers. His wit and humour was a real addition To conclude everyone was treated to an enormous amount of hot refreshments One could not only but bestow the highest of complements to all involved in Ballymacarby and both schools for leaving nothing to chance and in doing so have set an extremely high standard for future hosts.
This national tournament is an annual festival encompassing Hurling, Camogie and Handball at Under 14 level. It is a fantastic honour to host this auspicious event and both Tipperary and Waterford will give a Céad Míle Fáilte to all participants and their families from all over Ireland and beyond come the weekend of June 17th, 18th &19th .
The Féile Péil B came to a conclusion on last in Templetuohy with the staging of the semi-final and final. The action commenced @ 10.30 with West champions Cashel King Cormacs up against the North combination champions Ballinahinch/Templederry. The Cashel goalkeeper Ross Minogue was very busy in the opening minutes saving two penalties which was to keep them in the driving seat as they finished at the interval ahead on a 0-04 to 0-01 score reading. However in the second period of the contest the north side upped their performance crashing the Cashel net on two occasions coupled with five points to advance to the final on a concluding score Ballinahinch/Templederry 2-06 Cashel King Cormacs 0-04.
In the other semi final south champions Grangemockler Ballyneale took on mid champions Holycross Ballycahill. During a one sided contest the south boys notched up four unanswered points. Holycross were unlucky not to grab a goal in the closing minutes of the first half. In the second period the Grangemockler boys continued being more dominant getting the only goal of the contest and while conceding two points gained their spot in the final on a concluding score Grangemockler Ballyneale 1-05 Holycross Ballycahill 0-02.
The final commenced @ 11.45am with Grangemockler enjoying the assistance of the rather stiff prevailing breeze, but it was the north side of Ballinahinch Templederry that recorded the opening score with a cracking goal .This great start was to prove to be the only addition on the score board for the north boys during the first half. Grangemockler were much more fruitful in their attack yielding a tally of 1-04 by the break.
The second half of the contest was a much improved version with some good individual performances. However the south boys always to be more threatening once they entered the north defence area. They notched up three points after ten minutes and thwarted off some certain goal opportunities with their very committed defence line. The north boys added two points to narrow their deficit to four points on a score of 1-06 to 1-02. However the south defence eventually leaked a late goal but still had enough on the score board to win the title with a two point margin .Grangemockler Ballyneale 1-07 Ballinahinch/Templederry 2-02.
County chairman thanked the referees Tom Loughnane and Jonathan Cullen, their officials and also the four participating clubs. He acknowledged all involved in the Moyne Templetuohy club for hosting the games. He concluded by wishing the victors every success at the national finals which are being hosted in Kerry. He then presented the trophy to Grangemockler Ballyneale victorious captain Ben Commerford.
Grangemockler Ballyballyneale victorious panel: James Needham, Darragh Lambe, Eimhin Hanrahan, Luke Maguire, Cian Meaney, Tommy O’Hanlon, Sean O’Meara, Ben Commerford (Captain), Sean Daly, Conor Murphy, Leon Kennedy, Paudie O’Shea, Oisin Crowley, Tom Brett, Jack Walsh, Alex Millea, Harley Joy, Thomas Regan, Eoin Dunphy
Results Saturday April 23rd
Féile Péil B in Templetuohy
Grangemockler Ballyneale 1-0 Holycross Ballycahill 0-02 Referee Jonathan Cullen
Ballinahinch Templederry 2-06 Cashel King Cormacs 0-04 Referee Tom Loughnane
Grangemockler Ballyneale 1-07 Ballinahinch Templederry 2-02 Referee Jonathan Cullen
Féile Péil A
Semi finals & Final will take place in BorrisIlleigh on Friday April 29th as follows
Semi-final Clonmel Commercials V Durlas Og @ 7pm Referee Jonathan Cullen
Galtee/Golden V Inane Rovers @ 7pm Referee Donal Leahy
Winners of both of the semi finals to contest the final @ 8pm Referee Donal Leahy