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We congratulate Dublin on winning the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final on Sunday 20th December against their great rivals Cork.
A goal from Aine O’Sullivan early on gave Cork a brilliant start, but despite leading by three points at the interval, they could only add two second-half points.
Dublin took charge and finished strongly. Their second half performance was a powerful display and Carla Rowe’s penalty got them past Cork to claim the Brendan Martin cup.
This win is now their fourth in a row and are catching up on the Dessie O’Farrell team in achieving multiple successes on the football field.
Final score Dublin 1-10. Cork 1-5.
Dublin's Sinead Aherne lifts the Brendan Martin Cup.
Kilkenny Minors had a good win over Wexford on Sunday 20th December. The first half saw Wexford outscore Kilkenny with twelve points to Kilkenny’s six.
Kilkenny were back to within four points in the early minutes of the second half and continued to control the game, despite the setback of a goal by Larry Murphy of Wexford. But the Cats dominated thereafter, as Billy Drennan (Minor Handball Champion) showed his accuracy in scoring fourteen points in total, including five from play.
The cats went cruising on to victory and they now play Offaly in the Leinster Minor Final in January 2021
Final score Kilkenny 0-23. Wexford 1-14.
On Friday 18th December Kilkenny’s U-20s lost out to Galway in the Semi-Final at O’Moore Park Portlaoise. Galway now go on to play Dublin in the final in January 2021.
Final score Galway 0-19. Kilkenny 1-11.
Congratulations to the Dublin senior footballers as they went on to victory winning their sixth All Ireland Football Final by beating a gallant Mayo team, on Sunday 19th December.
Throughout the match Dublin never looked like losing this contest. You could class this team as a professional body playing the rest of the country as amateur’s as they continue to dominate football. This was their eighth All-Ireland win in ten years, in the same period they clocked up five national league titles.
Dublin continue to set high standards and it is up to other counties to reach their level.
Final Dublin 2.14. Mayo 0-15.
Dublin's Stephen Cluxton lifts the San McGuire.
We congratulate Limerick on winning the 2020 All Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday 13th December. Limerick fully deserved their win over Waterford with a superb performance.
From the start Limerick showed their intent they chased and hunted every ball. Their half back line and their midfield were dominant and their point scoring was superb. Waterford battled hard and perhaps if Jack Fagan’s shot had ended up in the back of the Limerick net in the first few minutes, the outcome may have been different (but I doubt it). Austin Gleeson, one of the game's top scorers, scored five points to his credit. The Mount Sion man had three first-half points from play, including a magnificent side-line cut. Stephen Bennett scored ten points, nine frees and one from play. Stephen O’Keeffe had a brilliant double save but despite their best efforts, they were totally outclassed by a superior Limerick side.
Limerick’s Declan Hannon collected the Liam McCarthy Cup on a day when Croke Park was practically empty. Still this hurling final will go down in the annals of GAA history.
Final score Limerick 0-30. Waterford 0-19.
Limerick's captain Declan Hannon lifts Mc Carthy Cup
Congratulations to Kilkenny who fully deserved their win in this year’s senior Camogie final on Saturday evening 12th December. Their opponents Galway were outclassed by a magnificent second half performance.
This was a gripping and tense match; the first half was a battle at close quarters and the referee let play run as much as possible. Both teams were level at five points when Galway got through Kilkenny’s defence for a goal. Kilkenny did not panic and when a well defended ball was set on the attack and after a series of passes to Aoife Doyle, it looked like her shot was destined for the back of the net but went over the crossbar, a superb point just before the half time whistle.
In the second half, Kilkenny gained momentum and upped their game, with their forwards going on the attack and scoring a number of points.
Grace Walsh gave a tremendous hurling display and scored a great point and just like her brothers, was often seen helping to relieve the pressure. Galway continued to press and with about three minutes left, the hardworking Denise Gaule was fouled, the ref called penalty and after composure she rattled the back corner of the Galway net. Galway tried to level the match, but a superb Kilkenny clearance in extra time saw Owen Elliott blow the final whistle.
Final score Kilkenny 1-14. Galway 1-11.
Kilkenny's Lucinda Gahan lifts the O'Duffy cup.
The Chernobyl raffle draw is held annually in support of children travelling from Belarus. This year first prize was won by David Hogan and Richie our classmate was the delighted beneficiary.
The prize was a four ball in Kilkenny Golf club in September with Irish amateur Mark Power, who played in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this year. The other players in this fourball were DJ Carey and Jimmy Bolger. Richie tells me it was an experience playing with such greats of the game and he enjoyed his day out, the golf was good as well. He also mentioned that Mark Power teed off on the first tee box and landed his drive on the green and then repeated the same on the sixth green! We mortals can only be in awe of such talent, let us hope Mark goes on to achieve greatness in his sport.
The second part of the prize was a golf outing to Ballybunion Co Kerry. Richie’s travelling companions (separately I might add) were Eamonn Morrissey and Conor O’Leary. Again, they had a fantastic golf outing with a lively few days staying in the Rose Hotel Tralee. They also met up with members of James Stephens Golfing Society who were also on a golf outing.
Mark Power Irish international golfer
Congratulations to Eamonn Holohan on his presidency of Callan Golf Club. A keen golfer for many years, he will now join the distinguished ranks of past presidents. A difficult year for his presidency with the unpredictability that came with COVID19 and the ensuing lockdowns, but I am told that Callan has been fortunate to gain an influx of membership this year and continues to make many improvements to it's course. Having played the course many times I can highly recommend it and no doubt as a result of Eamonn’s hard work and diligent stewardship, Callan Golf course will continue to improve. Congratulations again Eamonn, on doing such a fine job in these challenging times.
President Callan Golf Club
Richie and Nuala Hogan recently ticked another trip off their list when on July 15th they visited the Waterford Greenway. After boarding the morning train to Waterford, they made the short walk across the bridge to the start of the Greenway and cycled it’s entire 46km length, finishing in Dungarvan. They enjoyed some lovely sights along the way including fantastic views of the sea as they passed by Stradbally. On reaching Dungarvan they booked into Lawlor’s Hotel to enjoy a hearty meal and a good night’s rest. The following morning, they set off on their journey back to Waterford and the boarded the train home to Kilkenny.
Richie & Nuala Hogan
Richie Hogan was on his travels again. London was his destination to celebrate his cousin Philomena’s 80th Birthday. This family get together in Stratford was celebrated in the Eagle Restaurant. They also travelled to Basingstoke in Hampshire some fifty odd miles from London, a most enjoyable trip with plenty of bubbly.
In January Alan Cooper travelled to the Canary Islands for a three week holiday and a well earned rest. What a lovely way to spend the cold month of January soaking up the sunshine and sampling the excellent culinary delights in one of Europe’s most popular destinations.