Success continues for St. Mary’s G.A.A. Club – Summer 2002

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Athenry Senior Team lineout for County Final against Sarsfields – 2002

After the loss in the County Hurling final, it has been a quiet start to the year on the hurling field. At the annual general meeting in January, it was decided not to field an intermediate team. So, this year we are going ahead with the Senior, Junior A, B and C, under 21 and minors. The highlight of the year so far was the under 21 team winning of the 200l county hurling final. Special congratulations must go to Billy Caulfield, Paschal Healy, Paul Hariman,_John Coll and Paddy Gannon for guiding these young men to victory. Also to Diarmuid Cloonan and his panel of players for their commitment and dedication to training and winning the cup. As Billy Caulfield put it in his after- match speech “The club history book that Jarlath Cloonan brought out last year is already out of date with this magnificent victory”. Well done to everybody involved and let’s hope it’s an omen for things to come for the rest of the year.

Seniors and Juniors

The senior hurlers have been back training since Christmas and have defeated Kilconieron and old rivals Turloughmore in the group stages of the championship. It is great to see veteran Pat Higgins back in training after retiring last year. With his vast experience let’s hope Pat Nally and Co. can retain the county cup this year. The juniors under the guidance of Paddy Gannon are training hard and await eagerly the start of their championship.

New clubhouse

It is hoped to hold the official opening of our new clubhouse and grounds in Carnaun sometime in August. With a fully equipped gym, sauna, medical room, dressing rooms and meeting room it has been an added bonus to the club to have facilities of such high standards.

Publication

The launch of the Club History book which covers the history of the club since it’s inauguration was complied by club secretary Jarlath Cloonan and provides a great read for all G.A.A. followers in the parish.

GAA babies

Since our last article congratulations are extended to Paddy and Margaret Kelly on the birth of their baby daughter (a camogie player perhaps) and to Brian and Orla Feeney on the birth of their baby son (a hurler no doubt).

Sympathy

Alas, on a sadder note we extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Matt O’Toole on his recent passing. Matt was a long-time supporter of the club and in recent years was vice president of the club.

Leo Coffey is owner of C & C Shop in Athenry. Member of Athenry Fire Brigade, Credit Union and St. Mary’s GAA Club.

Kevin Coyne is an active member of St. Mary’s GAA Club.

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About this record

Written by Lena Conroy

Published here 21 Jul 2023 and originally published Summer 2002

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