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Feile na nGael Finals 2013

posted 9 Jul 2013, 08:07 by Neil McLoughlin   [ updated 9 Jul 2013, 16:11 ]
This year Ballinkillen Hurling Club's U-14 squad represented Carlow in the Feile na nGael Finals in Limerick.
Our U-14's had a great adventure and played some classy hurling, representing Club and County with distinction.
We had the good luck to be hosted by the very hospitable and generous Kildimo-Pallaskenry GAA club. Kildimo-Pallaskenry treated us royally and no request was too great - they even lent us a Carlow flag for the parade. We hope to keep up contact and arrange some challenge games in the future.

The squad assembled in the Ballinkillen grounds at 9:00 on Friday morning:

Raring to go

We arrived at Pallaskenry GAA club at 12:30 (thanks to Paddy Murphy) and the players went to their host families to get settled:

  
Pallaskenry

Our first game was against our host club Kildimo-Pallaskenry at 3pm - Match Report [here]

After the game we left for the Gaelic grounds in Limerick, the assembly point before the Feile Parade.
The parade was a colourful spectacle and it was great to see the hurling, camogie and handball clubs from the four corners of Ireland and beyond.

   
Parade

Our next game was at 10:00 on Saturday morning against the Old Christians GAA club from Limerick city - Match report [here]
Our last group game was against Michael Dwyers of Wicklow - Match report [here]
Old Christians went forward from our Group to the Div 3 semi finals where they beat Naas (Co.Kildare) 0-9 to 0-5 and were defeated in the Div C final by Ballinascreen (Co. Derry) 2-8 to 1-5.

Kildimo-Pallaskenry held a "Boston Tea Party" on Saturday evening. This was attended by the players and their parents. Both clubs exchanged memento’s of the Feile 2013 visit.

        

We collected the lads on Sunday in Kildimo for the trip back to Ballinkillen.
The host families praised the boys for their politeness and good behaviour.


Our thoughts are with the Dowling family following the sudden passing of Angela's brother on Saturday evening.
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