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Sarsfield / Larkin Cups. 20th November
Congratulations to the 11 Boys and Girls who represented Galbally NS on the South Limerick teams in the Gaelic Grounds tonight.It was an Historic night for the school having 11 on the two teams.Also it was historic in that Anna-Rose Kennedy captained the team to success.The other Galbally girls on the team were Jane Casey Jayne Looby Rachel Burke and Caoimhe McMahon.The Boys who played for the South were Keane Baker Ben Coughlan Michael McCabe Eoin O Mahony Mark Quinlan and James Cummins.Unfortunately having beaten the East in the semi-final they lost out narrowly to West Limerick in the final by 2 points .Well done to all concerned .
In the picture are the 5 girls proudly holding the larkin shield.

U13s Co. Final ........Galbally 3pts Na Piarsaigh 2pts.
On Saturday 10th of November our Under 13s celebrated a fantastic Co.Final win against Na Piarsaigh. It was a very close game and scores were very hard come by due to excellent defending by both sides as well as atrocious ground conditions following the recent heavy rain.

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Senior Football League final
Galbally had a great win in the Senior Football League final against Fr Casey's by 5 points. 2-7 to 1.5. The final was played in the Gaelic Grounds on the 21st October.
On the same weekend our U21s played their first game and also defeated Fr.Caseys.

U14s
Our U 14s reached the Co. Final on 8th October and missed out on the narrowest of margins to Claughan.Score 3-5 to 3-4

Senior South Final.
On 13 th October Galbally won the south senior football championship final against ballylanders. Final score Galbally 3-08 Ballylanders 5 points.

Minor Team
Our Minors had a great win on Sunday 16th September against Glenacurrane.

U16 Co. Finalists.

U 16 Co. Final.
Galbally played Newcastle West in the Co. Final on Sunday the 9th September. Galbally lost out on the score line 3 12 to 2 5.Galbally played well but seemed to be a little nervous and never got going to their full potential. The form that saw them defeat Monaleen easily in the semi-final wasn't there on the night .At half time Galbally were down 4 points but after the break fought back to level the game. Then however Newcastle West got a penalty and when this went in the momentum was against us and from there on Newcastle West went on to win.

Seniors - Quarter Co. Final.
Galbally played Dromcollogher-Broadford in Bruff on Saturday evening 8th September .We lost out narrowly on a score line 2-13 to 1-11
Galbally led 1-5 to 0-7 at half time.Patrick Murphy was the Galbally hero in the opening half with 1-2 Vinnie O’Connell was accurate from frees for Galbally, but Dromcollogher-Broadford kept in touch with three points from play from Ray Lynch.
Six minutes into the second half Drom-Broadford went ahead for the first time with four points from Seanie Buckley.Drom Broadford got a lucky goal when Tom McLoughlin’s shot dropped into the net. Micheal Reidy scored their second goal from the penalty spot in the 55th minute

Seniors - 1st September 2012
Galbally booked their place in the Limerick SFC quarter-finals thanks to a 2-14 to 1-8 win over relegation-threatened St Patrick’s at the weekend.
St Patrick’s were already certain of being involved in a relegation playoff prior to the game .
Galbally got into a good lead in the first half but a penalty from Dermot Phelan left the score at 0-8 to 1-4 at half time.

Second-half goals from Patrick Murphy and James Ryan saw Galbally pull clear to win by nine points and they now play Dromcollogher-Broadford in the quarter-finals next weekend.

SCORERS - Galbally: Patrick Murphy 1-3, Vinny O’ Connell 0-5, James Ryan 1-2, Kieran Hickey 0-2, Tom Harty and Pat O’Donnell 0-1 each. St Patrick’s: Dermot Phelan 1-4, Ger Hegarty, Eoin Hanrahan, Tom Mullins and Jamie Cross 0-1 each.

GALBALLY - Kevin Denihan; Tom Davern, Tony Henebry, Johnny McCarthy; Eoin Halligan, Eoin Burke, Rufus Holmes; James Ryan, Tom Harty; Liam Power, Vinny O’Connell, Patrick Murphy; Darren Sheedy, Kieran Hickey, Pat O’Donnell. Subs: Conor Henebry for Sheedy, Aidan Sheehan for McCarthy, Johnny Hayes for O’Donnell, Jack O’Donovan for T. Henebry.

Juniors August 2012
The Junior competition is in full swing at the moment.The team lost narrowly by a goal to Hospital .They also played Effin and the score at half time was 6 pts to 5.However Effin showed superior fitness and eventually ran out easy winners.Next game Tuesday 4th September v Galtee Gaels.

U16
Galbally had an emphatic win over Monaleen to secure a place in the County Div 1 U16 Final against Newcastle West. Galbally won on a score line 6-8 to 2-5
The date for U16 Co final is 12 30 Sunday 9th in Bruff v Newcastle West.

Galbally v Adare
Two late points from Vinny O’Connell helped Galbally to a 1-11 to 1-10 win over Adare in the Limerick SFC on Saturday 18th August.An early goal from Darren Sheehy gave Galbally the lead early on but Adare fought back and a Robbie Bourke strike esnured the sides went in level at the break, 1-6 each.
There was never much between the sides throughout the second half. Although Adare edged in front near the end, with Willie Griffin Galbally held their nerve and Vinnie O’Connell came up with the equaliser and the winner at the death.

The result means Galbally are in the driving seat to take the remaining quarter-final spot in Group 2. A win over St Patrick’s in the final round would see them qualify for the knockout stages just two years after coming up from intermediate.
SCORERS - Galbally: Vinny O’Connell 0-8 (five frees), Darren Sheehy 1-0, Patrick O’Donnell, Liam Power, Kieran Hickey 0-1 each; Adare: Willie Griffin 0-5 (one free), Robbie Bourke 1-0, Neil Mulvihill, Greg Lohan 0-2 each, Stephen Lavin 0-1.

Fundraising.
We received a cheque for the scrap we collected!! We got €3500.00 for 22 Tonne of scrap!! Thanks to everyone that gave any help with that and of course those of you that contributed!! Much appreciated as always!!

TLC4CF
Galbally GAA club again this year fundraised to help this very important charity.We held bucket collections in Limerick and Cork.Thanks to every one who helped out . In the picture here club chairman and treasurer Declan Hickey and John Magner present a cheque for €10,000 to TLC4CF.
TLC4CF was founded by friends and family of People with Cystic Fibrosis in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. It is a regional branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, dedicated to improving services for people with Cystic Fibrosis living in the Mid West.


Galbally GAA present TLC4CF

The aims of TLC4CF are:-

  • To raise Awareness of Cystic Fibrosis in the Mid West Region
  • Raise over 4.2 million Euros to build a Cystic Fibrosis Adult Centre at the Mid West Regional Hospital Limerick
  • Improve Hospital facilities
  • Lobby for the recommended number of staff to care for Cystic Fibrosis Patients
  • To offer general support services to newly diagnosed families / existing families

U 8s
Our U8s hosted a very successful blitz on 27th of July.Teams on the night included Galtee Gaels Ballylanders Pallasgreen and Shamrock Gaels .All children got lots of game time and their were some fine individual performances on the night.Well done to all involved.
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Club Merchandise.
Galbally Bord na Nog is now selling club kit, gear and jerseys etc. A brochure is available from club mentors. Order from Ann Coughlan or Tom Quinlan.

Summercamp 2012
A Large crowd attended the Galbally / Garryspillane Summer Camp again this year.Photo here was taken on second last day and kids are wearing gear sponsored by Kellogs .Thanks to all coaches for making it so enjoyable.It was great this year to have 2 of Limk SH team namely James and Conor Allis.

South League Final.
Our Junior footballers suffered a narrow defeat in this competition against Camogue Rovers.The score was 1-7 to 1-8.We played very well but missed a number of scoring chances and also were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty.
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U6s v Castlelyons
Our youngest team had their first match on Monday 4th June.
Hopefully this will be their first big day of many in the black and white.Well done to their coaches.
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Junior Football Tournament
The Wilsie Cussen Tournament was played on 2 June between Galbally and Emly. Galbally emerged victorious on a scoreline 2-8 to 2-4.The weather was atrocious but some good football was played.Click play under thie picture to see a slide show of other pics from the game.

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Schools Hurling Final 16th May 2012
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Galbally NS played the schools hurling final against Bruree in Knocklong on 16th May. It was a very tough game against a very strong Bruree team. Galbally eventually were victorious on a score line of 1-2 to 0-4.Galbally now have completed a schools double having won the football cup earlier in this school year. Proud captain Anthony Cormack accepted the cup on behalf of the team.


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Team as follows: Darragh Bourke, Niall Carew, Anthony Cormack (Captain), Ewan Cunningham, Seán Finnan, Mikey Fitzgibbon, Micheál McCabe, Conor O'Mahony, Philip O'Sullivan, Anna Rose Kennedy, Keane Baker, Ben Coughlan,Joseph Johnston , Peter Morrissey, Mark Quinlan, James Cummins, Tadhg McCarthy, Zac O'Donnell, Steven Patten, Tom Finnan, Eoin O'Mahony, Conor Finnan, Shane Hanrahan, Mihkel Pent, Micheál Hennessy, Dean Hyland and David Patten.

Go Games.
Our under 8s 10s and 12s started their training in April.Their blitzes started in May.
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Senior Championship Round 1 28 April
The senior footballers got off to a disappointing start on Saturday night with a narrow defeat against St Kierans in Ballyagran. Galbally got off to the better start getting the games opening score. Galbally were 0-4 to 0-3 ahead at half time but had played with a strong wind in the opening 30-minutes.St Kierans then however began to exert some dominance in the middle of the field thanks to Limerick seniors Johnny McCarthy and Darragh Treacy who caused Galbally a lot of problems. Further second half scores came from Jim Donovan and Anthony Molyneaux to give Kierans the lead. The free-taking of Anthony Molyneaux had St Kierans in front after three minutes of the second half and they maintained the lead for the remainder of the half with Galbally scoring just twice in the second half through Vinny O’Connell. As the game drew to a close Galbally piled on the pressure but were incapable of penetrating the Kierans defence.

Galbally/Garryspillane Bord na nÓg hosted a joint presentation night in the Community Centre Galbally on Friday night last 17th Feb. The following teams received medals in both football and hurling - U13, U14, U 15 and U16 having won all their respective competitions. It was a great honour to have Declan Hannon, Limerick Hurler and Ger Collins, Limerick Football Captain attend as celebrity guests who presented medals on the night. Both men spoke on the importance of taking part in the games and thanked all mentors and volunteers for their help in keeping the games going. A huge crowd attended to honour these teams and the great work being done at this level. Approx 80 players received trophies. A great selection of food was served and a very enjoyable night was had by all.A presentation was made also to Mairead Morrissey outgoing secretary of Galbally Bord na nÓg and Ger Cussen who both worked tirelessly over the last number of years.
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Registration Night.
We will hold our registration night on 29 February at the Club house.U 6s , 8s , 10s , 12s , 14s , 16s will all register on the night.Registration fee just €5.

Presentation Night.
Our Presentation of medals will be made to the 13s 14s 15s and 16s who were all sucessful in 2011 will take place on 17th February in the Community Centre Galbally at 8 o clock.We have 2 very special guests on the night to present the medals.

The AGM of Galbally GAA
club was held on Friday 13 January. A large crowd was present and there followed a very positive meeting. The main points of the meeting were as follows
Secretary’s Report

  • The Senior club competed well at senior level.
  • The new training area and lights are almost complete.
  • The river bank has been fenced and made safe.
  • The under 15 s had an outstanding achievement winning the Premier county final.
  • Thanks was expressed to Bord na Nog mentors/officials for another successful year.
  • The club was honoured to have John Kiely and Johnny Cummins s chosen as mentors at County level.
  • Thanks was expressed to Jack Dillon for his work with the Handball and Camogie Club.
  • The Mackey draw was again successful thanks to Anne Halligan.
  • Thanks was also expressed to Mary Magner for her work as PRO & Noelle Casey for her work as Physio.
  • Richie Bourke Tom Casey Ger Cussen were thanked for attending County Bord meetings.
  • The outstanding achievement of this year was the publication of the club history by Henry Martin.
  • Galbally National School was acknowledged for a successful year winning three cups in 2011, namely Girls football, Camogie, and Boy's Football. The children who were selected for South and County honours were acknowledged namely Patrick O Donoghue, Emer Mc Carthy, Grainne Ryan, Nathan O Byrne and Darragh Bourke.
  • The Secretary congratulated the boys and girls who were successful at handball.


The Treasurer gave a detailed Income and Expenditure account in which he stated the Club is in a healthy financial situation with no debts. He thanked all who helped with any of the fundraising events this year. He stressed the importance of the Mackey draw and outlined the importance of it for Galbally. He stated he was retiring as treasurer and thanked all the officials who helped him this year and over the past number of years since he took on the role.
The Chairman then gave his report in which he also thanked his fellow officers and club officials for their work in 2011.He especially thanked John Kiely for his work as Treasurer for several years and wished him luck with the Limerick Senior hurling team. He congratulated Henry Martin for his work in producing the book "History of Galbally GAA club" and he reviewed the fortunes of the various teams in 2011. He also reviewed the work undertaken in 2011 in regards the development of club facilities. His hope for 2012 was to have an official opening of the Club grounds by staging an Inter county football match.Lisa Kearney was thanked for her work in publishing the club website.

Election of Officers 2012.
Life President Jim Clancy,
Vice Presidents Canon Talbot, Fr. O Neill and Tom Kiely.
Chairman Declan Hickey. Vice Chairman Kieran O Connell and Joe Downey.
Secretary Tim Ryan Assistant Secretary Gerard Cussen.
Treasurer John Magner Assistant Treasurer Joe Downey.
PRO Mary Magner Assistant PRO Lisa Kearney.
Irish Officer Martin Kearney.
County Board Representatives. Richie Bourke, Ger Cussen, Tom Casey.
Senior Manager Damien O Connell. Coach James Donovan.
Minor Manager . Ger Cussen.
Under 21 Manager. Johnny Cummins.

Launch of Club Book.
The history of Galbally GAA club was written by Henry Martin and launched on December 2nd.This is an outstanding production with over 600 pages of research, photos and interviews.It is an excellent souvenir or present for any one with even the slightest Galbally connections.
It traces the origons of the club from the early years of the 20th Century up to present times.It has indebt match reports which were painstakingly gathered from Limerick Leader Reports and other sources.
Photos are plentiful and many exist back to those early years.Many also exist of more recent times and are a highlight of the book.
The price is very reasonable at only €25 and the club expresses its gratitude to all those who volunteered to become Patrons of the book thus ensuring the project could come to fruition.

Our Sympathies.
Galbally GAA club suffered a sad loss over the Christmas period when Johnny Hyland passed away.Johnny has been a great clubman all his life and was very active in the club right up to his short illness.He served in various roles in the club and more recently was very active in fundraising.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam slán.

Bord na nOg AGM.
A large crowd attended the AGM of Galbally Bord na nOg which was held on 13th December in the club house.Chairman Martin Kearney­ thanked fellow officers and team managers for their work during the past year. He said it had been a very successful year for the club with large numbers of children from u6 to u16 catered for.He also thanked Alan Noonan for his help with U16s and his good work at the school.

Tom Quinlan gave a detailed treasurer’s report.He said the club was in a healthy position thanks to its joint fund raising work with the senior club as well as a successful Mackey draw and church gate collection.Going forward he assured all team managers that funds would be provided for all training requisites.

In her secretary’s report, Mairead Morrissey said, “Thanks to all who support our county development draw and church gate collection. She went on to say “The VHI camp was held in July at which children learned football and hurling skills. Our camp was well supported this year and we had up to 70 children which during the recession is excellent. Again the camp was excellent from the trainers down to the very young children and a great time was had by all.” Mairead said “Thanks to her fellow officers Tom Quinlan, Martin Kearney and Paul Ryan for their help throughout the year. She thanked all the members of the club for their assistance and also thanked the senior club on behalf of the committee, and also the team mentors and selectors. With this last part of the secretary’s report Mairead tendered her resignation, having been secretary for the past 7 years. She Thanked everyone who assisted her throughout this time.” All present congratulated Mairead on her commitment over the 7 years.

Managers of the teams gave their yearly reports.
Donie O’Mahony ­ said we have a strong u8 team and theywent to blitzes in various venues and did well ­ in Ballyporeen and Kildorerry.
Deckie Dineen also said he had a very talented bunch of players in the u 10 group. They also went to a lot of Blitzes.
Mike McCabe spoke of u12s, they won out their group in the lifting the Treaty Competitions..
Paul Ryan and Tom Quinlan spoke of u13s and u14s Both had a very strong season. 13s got to the final and had a good year before eventually losing out to a strong combination team from South Liberties.The 14s reached the semi finl and lost out to Sean Finns.
Ger Cussen spoke on U16s who did very well to get to u16 semi finalagainst Deel Rangers.
Martin Kearney spoke on u15s who had a great season and eventually emerged winners of premier competition against New Castle West. They defeated Monaleen in the semi­final. All managers expressed their frustration that the competitions finished so late in the season with a long gap midseason.

Officers for 2012
were as follows Chairman Martin Kearney. Vice Chairman Paul Ryan.Treasurer Tom Quinlan Vice Treasurer Darren Sheeedy . Secretary Michael McCabe Vice secretary Ann Coughlan.PRO Lisa Kearney.
Team Managers
U6 Darren Sheedy and Greg Coughlan
U8 Donie O Mahony and Maurice Moriarty.
U10 Deckie Dineen and Martin Dineen.
U12 Michael McCabe and Lar Flynn.
U14 Pat O Byrnes and Johnny Denihan.
U16 Paul Ryan and Tom Quinlan.


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