Front Row: John Fitzgerald (Borrisoleigh), Colm O’Brien (Killenaive), Martin Coffey (Templemore), Declan Ryan (Borrisoleigh), Mark Grace CAPTAIN (Toomevara), Dean Ryan (Borrisoleigh), Shane Daniels (Balinaclough), Michael Tierney (Toomevara), Thomas Ryan (Borrisoleigh), Andrew Hayden (Balliaclough).
St. Joseph’s opening fixture was at home to Ballingarry and proved to be a very tight affair, with Borrisoleigh holding out for a two point victory. A final tally of 1-7 was enough to win the game.
St. Joseph’s second encounter in the league was an away fixture against St. Ailbe’s of Tipp Town. This game was played in terrible conditions, with constant rain and a heavy pitch making fluent hurling nearly impossible. Borrisoleigh had the assistance of a strong wind in the second half and a Martin Coffey goal sparked a storming comeback that culminated in a seven point victory. This wonderful second half performance gave huge confidence to the team, and the quality and standard of their hurling in the next league matches were an immense improvement on their previous forward play.
The third league game was a home fixture against a much vaunted Cistercian College, Roscrea who had enjoyed wide margin victories in their opening games. This game was the highlight of St. Josephs season, as they put in a near flawless performance when all players fulfilled their potential and accomplished an amazing victory, scoring a remarkable 9-10 in the process.
The challenge to St. Joseph’s was now whether they could repeat the performance in their next match, an away fixture against Comeragh College, in Carrick-on-Suir. Again, however, conditions contrived against the lighter St. Joseph’s side, as rain lashed down for the duration of the match. The Carrick Swans GAA pitch stood up remarkably well to the deluge, but it wasn’t a day for the pretty free-flowing hurling which was becoming St. Joseph’s trademark. Instead a dogfight ensured against a robust Carrick-on-Suir side, which showed plenty of commitment and determination on the day, and proved difficult opposition to overcome. The first half was tight and scrappy, but Borrisoleigh’s forwards looked the more clinical. Borrisoleigh’s final score of 6-7 was commendable considering the conditions.
St. Joseph’s final league fixture was a top of the table encounter with a very talented Borrisokane C.C. The winner would progress to the County Final while the loser would bow out of the competition. Borrisokane had a better scoring difference coming into the game, so St. Joseph’s knew only a victory would progress them into a coveted County Final. Played in Ballinderry, weather conditions were again atrocious, with wind and rain lashing the players for the duration of the game. Again Borrisoleigh were at a huge physical disadvantage, but Borrisokane also possessed excellent hurlers, with no apparent weakness in their line-up. Very strong up the middle, Borrisokane were simply too good for a gallant St. Joseph’s on the day. For the first time in the competition, Borrisoleigh’s defenders were struggling to cope with their opponents. Midfield was well contested. St. Joseph’s played very well in the second half and put on plenty of pressure, but Borrisokane’s ability to match those score for score meant that little inroads were made on the deficit. The standard of hurling was exceptional, and some of the scores were a joy to behold. Cruelly for Borrisoleigh, they conceded two more late goals near the finish, and ended up losing by twelve points. Borrisokane are an exceptional side, and will take some stopping in the County Final. St. Joseph’s can take some consolation in giving Borrisokane by far their most competitive game in the league, and also from winning four of the five matches they played.
Wedding Bells Ring Out in Ileigh
Marie Murray and Peter Madden who were married in Ileigh Church recently.
The marriage of Marie Murray of Rathcarden and Peter Madden of Longford took place in Ileigh Church on 25 October. The happy couple then celebrated with family and friends at their reception at Dundrum House Hotel.
Marie and Peter pictured with Marie’s parents Dinny and Maureen and brother Michael
Toby Kavanagh pictured here with his mother Sadie on his Graduation Day. Toby recently graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Limerick Institute of Technology. Congratulations Toby!!
Flood Relief Works on Pallas Street
Jimmy relaxes while improvement works are going on outside
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Pupils from Scoil Bhríde Fantane with their contributions to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2008
The newly established Youth Club in Borrisoleigh is going from strength to strength. Each Friday evening an average of seventy children from aged 7 to 13 gather for fun and games in the Marian Hall. The Club recently purchased some sports equipment and hope to acquire some more as funds become available. The energy and excitement at their meetings is electric – It’s great to have an outlet for our younger folk to be able to let off some steam at the end of the week! It’s all about fun, fun, fun and there certainly seems to be a lot of that at the Club. Well done to all concerned.
It nearly went in!!
Vera Hogan who attended her Graduation in Dublin and received her Diploma in Montessori Teaching
3 generations – Nora, Vera and Aedin and Vera with classmates Laura, Helen and Ciara who also graduated on Saturday last.
Munster Interfirms Hurling
Declan Hickey,John Plower Barry Duggan Stephen Callinan, Mike Noone, John O’Connor, Christy Koyce, Shane Mullally, Ger O’Brien, James Carroll, Aidan Dwyer, Eoin Bonfield, Michael Browne, Conor Clancy and Niall Cahalan
Mikey Browne (Rathmoy) played corner forward in the final and Aidan Dwyer (Rathealty formerly of Knockanevin) played at centre forward.
Siobhan Stapleton with Edel Hogan and Eimear Stapleton with Grace Prior
Louise Fahy with Grace Prior and Clare Kavanagh with Siobhan Stapleton
After the recent AGM of the Borris-Ileigh Camogie Club the following Officers were elected:-
Secretary – Vera Hogan
Treasurer – Geraldine Delaney
Carmel O’Brien, Julie Delaney, Vera Hogan and Geraldine Delaney will continue training the Juveniles.
More help is needed with the Juveniles. Please contact any of the above Officers if interested in lending a hand.
Anyone interested in joining Clodagh Macra can contact Teresa (our chairperson) on 086-3006615. There are many competitions and nights-out planned between now and Christmas and now is as good a time as any to come along with us wherever the road takes us!!
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