St Mary’s GAA Club – Summer 2005

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Athenry GAA club has had many a journey since Christmas, some less successful than others.

Our Senior hurlers had a decisive win over Toomevara of Tipperary in the All-Ireland Club Semi Final last February. After such a stirring performance there was great hopes that we would once again be coming home with the Tommy Moore Cup on St Patrick’s Day.

St Patrick’s Day, however, was just one of those days when nothing went right for us. However, we are sure that, with such a great panel of players, it will not be long before the team is back to its winning ways again.

The club would like to thank all those who supported it on its journey to the All-Ireland, particularly those individuals and businesses that contributed to the huge financial effort that was required. In addition, thanks to all those who made an effort to ensure the town was decorated in support of the team.

If you did not know the result of the match, you would be forgiven for thinking Athenry had won such was the size of the crowd that welcomed the team home on St Patrick’s night. Hundreds of people packed the square to show their support for the team and to thank them for their great efforts throughout the season.

It showed the great unity that exists within the club and gives great hope for the future. Further proof of the continued good future the club holds has been evidenced at juvenile level. Our young hurlers remain undefeated in the Tommy Hynes memorial league while our Under 14s were unlucky to bow out of the Feile competition at the quarter-final stage. In football, our Under 14 team was very unlucky to be defeated in the semifinal of this year’s Shield. Our Under 16 footballers had an early exit in the A championship, losing by a mere 3 points to football’s kingpins, Corofin. Our Under 16 hurlers are in training for their championship, which commences in July.

Our Minor hurlers are through to the quarter final of this year’s championship. This minor team have already a cup in the bag having defeated Sarsfields in the final of the Colin Conneely Memorial Trophy. Indeed, we would like to thank all clubs for making the effort in participating in this tournament, which has now become a very entertaining annual event.

At senior level, the team has once again reached the quarter final stage of the championship. Our intermediate team have had just the one loss and remain on course in their championship. At junior level, our Junior B team has had a flying start to the championship and remain unbeaten at the time of going to print.

Our Junior footballers are showing great strides in this year’s Junior A league, having won the Junior B championship last year. Indeed, such is the continued growth of football in the club that this year we have, for the first time, a second junior team. This team has been entered in the Junior C championship.

Athenry Credit Union remains the main sponsors of the senior club for this season. Meanwhile, Athenry’s new hotel, Raheen Woods, is the Juvenile club’s new sponsor. Once again, we remain hugely grateful to all those who contribute to the club. Without them our success would not be possible.

The club has recently updated its website. For the latest news and events of the club, please visit www.athenrygaa.com. The newly designed site has a wealth of information on our club with a regularly updated news page.

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Written by Mark Nevin

Published here 14 Jan 2024 and originally published Summer 2005

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