Kilmurry Ibrickane 2009
Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA Club activities commenced at our AGM in Mullagh Hall on Sunday 18th January 2009 with a large crowd in attendance. A number of speakers were loud in their praises for the senior team and management in winning all three Clare Senior Football competitions in 2008 (Senior Championship, Cusack Cup & John O’Gorman Cup) and bringing the team to the Munster Club final where they were beaten by the narrowest of margins. Our outgoing Chairperson TJ O’Loughlin stepped down. Our new Chairperson Gerard Talty has held a number of positions in the club down through the years. As a player he was a goalkeeper with 1993 senior championship winning side. While in more recent times he was a selector for the 2004 Munster Club winners. One of the first initiatives of our Chairperson was to establish a finance committee. A sponsorship draw was organised within the parish and a very successful golf classic at Lahinch Golf Club, which helped clear the outstanding debt for the club. The day to day running expenses of the club are financed mainly by our very energetic lotto committee and special mention should be made of Josie Coughlan, John Joe Ryan and John Daly who operate and manage the lotto throughout the year. In December we launched a CD and Calendar and of course the annual wren on St Stephen’s Day. I would like to thank all who took part in each of these fundraising events. Indeed we are very grateful to our many sponsors and supporters who are always generous to us. Our playing field Pairc Naomh Mhuire also had some improvements done during the year when it was sanded.
Congratulations to the following Kilmurry Ibrickane players on winning a place in the Clare Champion 2008 Football Team of the Year Martin McMahon,
Congratulations also to Odhran O’ Dwyer, Shane Hickey, Enda Coughlan, Stephen Moloney, Declan Callinan, Martin McMahon, Noel Downes & Ian McInerney on being nominated to the Clare People 2008 All Stars team. Shane Hickey was named as Footballer of the Year for 2008 while Noel Downes was nominated as the Young Footballer of the year.
To commemorate the GAAs 125th Anniversary Kilmurry Ibrickane GAA club held a very enjoyable open day on Sunday 10th May 2009 at Pairc Naomh Mhuire, Quilty. The events included blitzes for U6 & U8 and a photographic exhibition. It was an occasion to look at the past history of the club and photo memorabilia was on show including the successful teams of the 1930's to the present day.It was also the day we choose to launch our Academy service for coaching kids aged from five to nine years of age. Essentially each child will be coached in their own age group and each will learn three skills every year. This academy comes under the guidance of our Games Promotion Officer Michael Considine, Senior Club Chairman Gerard Talty and Minor Club Chairman Martin Lynch.
The honour of bringing the first silverware to our parish in 2009 goes to the Kilmurry Ibrickane Ladies. They added three titles to the trophy cabinet in 2009. The U16s led by their Captain Rebecca Sexton recorded an emphatic 4-14 to 2-4 win over Doonbeg in the final played in Killimer on 3rd May while the U14s Captained by Karen Coughlan had a 5-5 to 1-8 win over Eire Og in the U14 final in Inagh on 1st July. Much praise and congratulations must go to the teams, their trainers Aidan Moloney and Ellen Martin, and their selectors Josie Coughlan, Martina Moloney and Carmel Galvin. The U12s under the guidance of Diane Lahiffe (Manager) Nicola O’Keeffe and Martina Moloney (Selector) captured the U12A County Shield title in Shannon on Sunday 18th October when they defeated Wolfe Tones.
Kilmurry Ibrickane U-10's had a very successful year by winning four Tournaments they entered this year. The first tournament was the West Clare U-10 tournament where they defeated Kilrush in the final. The Paddy Power Memorial Tournament in Quilty was won by beating Ennistymon in the Final. The annual Tom Conway Cup was played in Lissycasey between Kilmurry Ibrickane and Clondegad with Kilmurry coming out on top. The Canny Cup Tournament was played in Kilrush on September 26th, a very competitive 8 team tournament with Kilmurry Ibrickane beating Kilmihil in the final on a scoreline of 3-7 to 3-5. That tournament finished off a 25 game unbeaten run and a highly successful year for the U-10's who are coached by Dermot Coughlan & Sylvester Nugent, The panel consists of Michael Tuohy, David Sexton, Caolfhionn O'Dea, Lauren McCarthy, Diarmuid King, Dermot Coughlan, Conor Nugent, Danny Keavey, Daniel Walsh, Paudie Murrihy, Adam Burke, Damien Lynch, Micheal McCarthy, Conor Sexton, Eamonn Hanrahan, Maurice Donnellan, Garry Monaghan, Adam O'Connor, Jack Healy, Aaron McGannon & Brendan Sexton
Kilmurry Ibrickane national schools won the County National Schools final when they defeated Lissycasey/Ballynacally on a soreline of 1-13 to 3-4. Their path to the final included victories over Lisdonvarna/Doolin in round one, Cooraclare in round two and a semi final meeting with Kilrush. Congratulations to all involved and their trainer Michael Considine.
Under the guidance of their Manager Kevin Sexton, Selectors Pat Comber and Martin Lynch our under 12s reached the Quarter Final of the championship. Wins over Cooraclare, Miltown, Kilrush and the North Clare Amalgamation of Liscannor, Michael Cusack’s & Kilfenora merited a Quarter Final game against Wolfe Tones in Kilmihil on 12th June. However lady luck did not shine for us in Kilmihil and Wolfe Tones emerged the winners. 2-11 to 3-2 was the final score.
While our earlier outing in the U14 Feile did not go very well. Our U14 team, led by Joint Captains Ciarán Morrissey & Aaron Murrihy, reached the county final in Cusack Park on 17th August in the championship only to succumb to a much stronger Eire Og side. With wins in earlier rounds over Cooraclare, Eire Og, Miltown and Doonbeg we qualified for a Quarter Final place against St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield in Coolmeen on 3rd August and ran out winners on a score of Kilmurry Ibrickane 4-8 to 1-13. The Semi Final against Ennistymon was played in Miltown on 10th August and we recorded a comprehensive 9-7 to 5-6 victory. Great thanks are due to their mentors Kevin Sexton & Johnnie Donnellan and their selectors, Patrick Murrihy, Michael Considine & Patrick Wickham.
Wednesday 8th July 2009 in Coolmeen will be remembered as another historic day in our club’s History. On a final score line of 2-12 to 1-10 we emerged the winners over Wolfe Tones and captured the 2009 U16 championship. This is a competition we last won in 2001, and this was our seventh title in total. The Patrick Sexton, Tony Kavanagh & Brendan O’Neill managed side recorded wins over St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield, Kilmihil, and Cooraclare to reach the final. Heartiest congratulations are due to the John McNamara led side
Wins over Ennistymon, Clarecastle and Doonbeg in the earlier rounds, merited a Division 2 Quarter Final place against Parteen in Gurteen on 20th September for the Brian Cooney, Enda Coughlan, Noel Downes & Shane Hickey managed minor side. Kilmurry Ibrickane emerged the winners on a scoreline of 5-11 to Parteen’s 2-10. The Semi Final against Clondegad was fixed for Kilmihil on 3rd October and Clondegad emerged victorious by the minimum. Final score was Clondegad 1-11, Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-13.
Our Under 21 team managed by Patrick McCarthy commenced their playing activity in Labasheeda on 28th June with a 2-14 to 1-4 win over Eire Og in the Quarter Final stage of the championship. However we bowed out to a more determined Ennistymon side in the Semi Final in Miltown on 1st August 2009 on a final score of Ennistymon 1-9, Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9
Our Junior B team was managed this year by Thomas Power recorded wins against Michael Cusack’s, The Banner, Moy & Shannon Gaels in Division 6 of the league. In the championship wins over Corofin & Cooraclare and a draw with St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield paved the way to reach the quarter final stage. However we conceded a late goal to Smith O’Briens in Pairs Naomh Mhuire and this ended our participation in the Junior B championship. Final score was Smith O’Brien’s 2-7, Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-11
The intermediate team under the guidance of Declan Cussen & Martin McCarthy contested the Geraldine League (Div 3) and also the Intermediate championship. However while the earlier season wasn’t kind to us it ended on a high note by winning the relegation play off against Michael Cusack’s in Miltown on 5th September.
This year the senior team is again managed by Micheál McDermott and his selectors are Gerard McCarthy & Martin Cahill. In Kilmurry Ibrickane we commenced our on field activities with the defence of our Cusack Cup title with an away game against the Aidan Moloney managed Cooraclare side on 1st March. While we got off to a good start with a emphatic win, and continued our winning ways through the competition, alas we had to relinquish the title to Cooraclare who won by the narrowest of margins (0-11 to 0-10) at the final in Cusack Park on 26th July 2009.
We retained the John O’Gorman Cup for the third year in succession by beating Doonbeg in the final in Cooraclare on 5th September 2009. The Paul O’Connor led side ran out winners on a final score of 2-8 to 0-6. Congratulations to Paul O’Connor who was named as Man of the Match in the final.
In the Senior Championship having won all our games at the group stages against Ballyvaughan, Wolfe Tones and Ennistymon, we qualified for a Quarter Final place against O’Curry’s in Cooraclare on Saturday 12th September 2009and ran out winners on a final scoreline of 2-14 to 0-7. The Semi Final against our near neighbours Doonbeg was also in Cooraclare on Saturday 26th September 2009. This was a difficult encounter for us. In a game where Doonbeg lead by four points with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, we scored 5 points in the remaining 10 minute period and booked a place for County Final day in Cusack Park. Final Score was Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-11 Doonbeg 1-7.
Sunday 11th October 2009 will be remembered in our parish as an historic day. It was the day we won the Senior Championship for the 11th time, and secured a second consecutive Senior Championship, a feat that the parish of Kilmurry Ibrickane has not experienced since 1936. Indeed this was an objective that our Chairman Gerard Talty set at our AGM earlier in the year. The Enda Coughlan led side again had to battle all the way when Kilkee scored two first half goals. However our lads did not give up and ran out winners on a final score of 0-12 to 2-3.
Special mention must be made of Odhran O’Dwyer & Johnny Daly both of whom won their 5th Senior Championship medals. Odhran won his first in 1993 with Kilmurry Ibrickane, while Johnny Daly won his first with University of Limerick in 1998.
There were much celebrations and jubilation in the parish as “Jack Daly” returned. First stop was The Hand and the tour continued through the parish being greeted everywhere with bonfires and cheering supporters. We are indeed very proud of our panel of 33 players, and their backroom team and congratulate and thank them for their achievements. Congratulations to Darren Hickey who was awarded the Man of the Match. Munster Club Championship
Our county final win also gave us the opportunity to host our 6th Munster Club Championship game in Pairc Naomh Mhuire on 8th November 2009 against the current holders and Limerick County Champions Dromcollogher Broadford. Despite very inclement weather leading up to the game the game went ahead as planned. Aided by a strong wind in the first half we availed of the elements and by half time had a comfortable lead 0-7 to 0-1. On the resumption of the second half Dromcollogher Broadford began to apply the pressure and scored three unanswered points. However Kilmurry Ibrickane ran out winners on a score line of 0-11 to 0-5. Our next game involved a trip to Co. Waterford for the semi final and a meeting with our adversaries from the 2004 Munster Club final Stradbally.
This game is took place on 22nd November at Fraher Field. The elements were not kind, however Enda Coughlan won the toss and availed of the wind advantage in the first half. Noel Downes opened the scoring with a point from play. Odhran O’Dwyer was on target for five first half frees with Enda Coughlan also getting on the score sheet. This left the half time score at 7 point to two in our favour. Stradbally reminiscent of 2004 final in Kilmallock were awarded a penalty late in the first half which went wide of Dermot O’Briens goalpost. On the resumption Ian McInerney was first on the score sheet when he drilled a free into the strong breeze to extend our lead. However Stradbally did rally and scored four points (three frees). Ian McInerney closed the account with a free. Final score was Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-9 Stradbally 0-6. There were great scenes of celebration after the final whistle when the team and the mentors were cheered by the large group of supporters that made the long journey to Dungarvan.
The win in Dungarvan qualified us to contest our second Munster Club final in succession and our fourth in total. The final took place on 6th December 2009 against the Kerry Champions Kerins O’Rahilly’s. The weather was very windy and the Kerry champions having own the toss availed of the wind assistance and raced into a three point lead. However Kilmurry Ibrickane refused to panic and lead by 4 point to three after 20 minutes. Kerins O'Rahillys were awarded a later first half free leaving the half time score at 4 points each. Early in the second half were down to 14 men when J. O'Connor was dismissed for e second yellow card. Scores were at a premium with Quill pushing O'Rahillys ahead with a free. Shane Hickey then levelled, before Paul O'Connor fisted kilmurry Ibrickane in front. Quill then equalised again from a free before the Quills fisted goal from inside the square was disallowed. Dermot O'Brien quickly took the free out. Mark Killeen won possession and a passing movement involving Ian McInerney & Noel Downes culminated in Evan Talty kicking the winner. Incidentially Evan was awarded the Irish Independent Sports Star if the Week on 11th December.
To conclude I would like to acknowledge to major contribution that the RSS workers have made to our facilities throughout the year with the tremendous assistance of our caretaker Patrick Wickham. A special word of thanks to Margaret Killeen and Geraldine Coughlan for providing food at the training sessions and matches we hosted during the year. I would also like to thank all our club officers, committee members, sponsors, volunteers and supporters and all who helped in any way throughout the year.
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