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Gathering at Grangegorman

Action from the seven a side tournament with Shauna Fitzpatrick in possession. The Gathering 2013

Action from the seven a side tournament with Shauna Fitzpatrick in possession. The Gathering 2013

The Gathering Ireland 2013 – a spectacular, year-long, celebration of all things Irish.


With thousands of events this year to mark the Gathering, it was inevitable that St. Brendans GAA Club would organise one, and on Saturday the 10th of August that’s exactly what happened.


A good crowd from all codes turned up on what was a successful day of entertainment. On what was our ‘top pitch’, there was a game of rounders (the forgotten code of the GAA); for many it was their first time playing the sport and the rules were a bit complicated but everyone began to understand as the games played out.


While that was going on, the qualifying for the Kick Fada and Poc Fada took place on the top end of the upper pitch with the finals taking place after the seven a side tournament.


Then, it was onto the seven a side tournament, well nine a side, with a member of the Ladies team on each side, if they score, the goal or point was worth double, so all the lads had one tactic, pass the ball to the lady.


The pitch was split in half with the goalmouths from the nearly soccer pitch used and training poles were used to make the uprights, a true DIY job!


After a series of Round Robin Matches and the Final, it was Helen Lenihan’s team who came out on top and she also bagged the Top scorer award as well.


The final event was the Poc and Kick Fada’s, The Kick fada was first and was won by Tyrone man Emmet McGarvey with Alan Walsh in second.


The Poc Fada was won by Shane Foley with Seamus Harrington and Eddie Hearne taking the minor placing. The Kick Fada Winner, Emmet McGarvey was marking the pitch for the poc Fada and club Chairman John Brennan was very impressed with McGarvey’s own long pucs as he delivered the sliothar to the contenders. So much so that the Chairman offered McGarvey the possibility of a starting berth for upcoming Hurling matches.


The final act of the day was the presentation of Honorary Lifetime Membership certificates to two stalwarts of St Brendans GAA Club. The first went to Mr. Ballygar himself Padraic Lohan while the second certificate went to John Michael McLoughlin’s Uncle, Joe Cassidy, who played for the footballers for over 30 years and went down in St. Brendans folklore for once taking a kick out in a match whilst on his mobile phone! (and yes it was one of those big brick phones from the 1980’s) Joe was also a long-time manager for the footballers.


A good time was had by all and this writer even managed to bring home some unclaimed leftover sandwiches.


Now the final part of the year gets underway with the football teams in League action. Can the 1st XV make it 11 out of 11 against Parnells and can the 2nd XV gain victory over Pavee Gaels, made up of members of the Travelling Community. Whatever happens, you’ll read it here first – and exclusively – on this website.

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