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Fr Fitzgerald Cup- Special 50 year edition

posted 21 Mar 2016, 16:02 by Kenneth Fox   [ updated 21 Mar 2016, 16:04 ]

The full report on the 2016 50 years is at Fr Fitzgerald 50th Anniversary Tournament

Fr Fitzgerald Cup 2016- 50 bliain ag fás

posted 15 Mar 2016, 12:34 by Kenneth Fox

This St Patrick's Day is a special occasion as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fr Fitzgerald Cup. The competition has endured through that time with the odd interruption. It began as a competition between the five parish schools, which at that time consisted of three 3 teacher schools, Moycullen, Tullykyne and Baile Nua and two 2 teacher schools, Tuairíní and Loughwell. As Moycullen school expanded and Loughwell closed and the other schools numbers remained the same, the strict schools based competition became increasingly unbalanced although the smaller schools did overcome the odds occasionally.
The competition was re-constituted as a hurling competition for primary school children (boys and girls) living in the broad Moycullen/Killanin catchment area and it has thrived in this format for over half of its 50 year history. In recent years, popularity has been such that the competition has expanded into two competitions, one for Senior Classes and one for Junior Classes. As we have had for several years, on Thursday, we expect to have 4 teams in each competition with the the Senior Competition achieving 15-a-side on occasion.
It is hard to imagine, what the original organisers would have thought standing in Donohue's Field in Clooniffe (which now seems tiny to adult eyes) on that first Patrick's Day, if they had known that in 50 years time their fledgling competition would be played by 80-100 children on two full sizes pitches; children, who had long traded the frugal comforts of Hanley's hayshed for state of the art dressing rooms. Occasions like these are welcome reminders of the journey we have traveled and how far we have come. No doubt next Thursday, Lá Fhéile Pádraig, those about to experience a wonder for the first time will mingle with the usual suspects for a great annual tradition and usually a great occasion.

McCann's Centra sponsor prizes for Morgan Darcy, George Walsh and Pagett Cups

posted 19 Oct 2015, 16:29 by Kenneth Fox   [ updated 21 Oct 2015, 12:41 ]

This year the Juvenille Hurling Club decided to play the annual Memorial Cups (Morgan Darcy, George Walsh & Pagett) on the same day and it proved to be a great success with the first ball thrown in shortly after 3pm in Moycullen pitch on Sunday 18th October, 2015. There were some fantastic displays of hurling throughout all of the six games and it was evident that every player on the pitch wanted to be on the winning team, with only a puck of a ball being the deciding factor in all matches. Spectators were delighted to witness the unbelievable skill and termination of these young players but were also highly entertained by the animated Managers on the sideline.

During his presentation speech, Chairman (Aodh Davoren) gave thanks to all the players, parents, supporters, coaches and mentors for making the day such a success. He gave a special word of thanks to McCanns CENTRA, Moycullen who sponsored the prizes on the day and Serena Guihen presented sliotars to the winners and hurling grips to the runners-up. The club was also very grateful to Serena and the CENTRA team for providing the much welcomed tea & coffee, sandwiches, buns and treats for all who attended the event.

The Club would like to sincerely thank the Darcy, Walsh and Pagett families for sponsoring the Memorial Cups which signifies the respect shown to the club and to the game of hurling. Go raibh mile maith agat!

U16 Morgan Darcy Cup : Captain Andrew McDonagh presented by Ruth (Darcy) Cunningham

U14 George Walsh Cup : Captain Sean Seoighe presented by Martin Barrett on behalf of the Walsh family

U12 Pagett Cup       : Captain Darragh Kyne presented by 
Brian Pagett

U12 Pagett Shield    : Captain Aaron McDonagh presented by David Pagett

Junior Fr Fitzgerald Competition 2015

posted 20 Mar 2015, 09:48 by Kenneth Fox

Winners 2015

Runners Up 2015
Semi-Finalists 2015
Semi-Finalists 2015

Coaching the Coaches with Paudie Butler

posted 20 Mar 2015, 09:21 by Kenneth Fox

Early morning, Sunday, 15th March (Mother's Day), the Moycullen Juvenile Hurling club hosted a "Coaching the Coaches" practical session delivered by retired Tipperary hurler and footballer and former National Hurling Co-ordinator, Paudie Butler.

Paudie is one of our country's foremost child coaches and commits his life to supporting coaches and clubs who want to develop hurling.

During his time at the club, he worked on wall ball drills and motivated both coaches and players throughout the two hour session. Paudie emphasised that hurling walls provide a safe, accessible environment for players to develop their skills and improve their technique and stressed that we are very fortunate to have this facility at our club.

Watching Paudie operate, addressing the coaches and instructing the young players, all present listened attentively and we were struck by the conclusion that here was a man in his absolute element. He was entertaining, challenging, interactive, knowledgeable and passionate.

To conclude the morning's session and before we rushed off to the stadium to support our county players, Paudie invited the players and coaches to express their thoughts on the morning's events. He praised the club for the work done todate and provided great encouragement to all to keep up the good work. On behalf of the juvenile club, Aodh Davoren (Chairman) thanked Paudie for sharing his expert knowledge and providing valuable advice to all. Paudie has promised to be back in our pitch in the very near future.
Finally, in the words of Paudie ..... "DJ Carey wins the race to every sliotar because he speeds up and knows that his opponent slows down ..... so get rid of the fear of making a mistake and applaud a player's courage for testing himself".


posted 15 Mar 2015, 05:36 by Kenneth Fox

The Annual Event that is the Fr Fitzgerald Cup takes place on St Patrick Day. The competition is for national school children an semi-finals an finals are all played on St Patrick's morning.

Players are asked to please be in Pairc Mhaigh Cuilinn @ 10am sharp



Aaron BaireadColm O Cuinneagan

Seamus MacLochlainnBen O Sullivan

Daniel HackettDara Kyne

Maccon O CionnaithRory Joyce

Ellen PowerMeabh McManus

Paul KearnsDavid Donoghue

Liam DaveronJake Fahy

Liam SeoigheColin MacGiollarnath

Aaron CroarkeCian O Toole

Oran O CainteRaef MacGiollarnath

Mark KearnsAdam McGranaghan

Sebastian O HalloranChristian O Halloran

Sean O ConnorRuadhan O Cionnaith

Patrick O HalloranSenan Connolly

Isabella HowardLauren Ni Bhiataigh




Eanna DaveronCaoimhin Breathnach

Sean MacGillornathLouis Corr

James BradleyJack Molloy

Cian ThomasAaron McDonagh

Anna RocheAmie Higgins

Eamonn EnrightColin Clancy

Morgan DarcyRuairi O hOistir

Fiachra MacDonnchaSam Gibson

Diarmuid DavorenDarren O Dorchai

Liam O BuaighMark Bradley

Padraic McNeelaLiam Maloney

Evan FoxDonagh McDonagh

Ilena DavorenKeillan Griffin

Sean O Gionnain Oisin Darcy





FINISHED @ 12.30


Electric Skyline Sponsor U14 Jerseys

posted 12 Mar 2015, 12:44 by Kenneth Fox

Presentation Night for Successful Juvenile Teams

posted 1 Dec 2014, 14:28 by Kenneth Fox   [ updated 1 Dec 2014, 14:51 ]

The comparative success in recent years has made the turn of the year an enjoyable experience. The major high of Intermediate County & Connacht success in 2011 was followed by a Minor title in 2012 and U16 in 2013. 2013 saw shield success in U13 and Junior also. On Friday, ther were more medals on the table as our u14 heroes celebrated a first title since 1996 and many of last year's U16 medalists were on hand again for their Shield medal presentation. The event was well attended by players, parents and mentors.  Galway County Player, David Collins, who regularly gives freely of his time, was on hand to make the presentations.
David talked about the 12, 14, 16 titles he had won with his club and his regrets that there had been none since, probably because too many from those teams did not retain the same focus and drive on to greater levels. He urged the group present to do that and remember that in 3 or 4 short years the groups here will be needed to bring or keep Senior Hurling in Moycullen. Most of all he said the bonds between team-mates at your club are friendships that carry with you throughout your life.

David himself confided that he has been back in serious training at County level for four weeks and that he continues his regular early morning year round swim in Blackrock.

Great Day's Entertainment at Parish Cup Competitions

posted 1 Dec 2014, 13:11 by Kenneth Fox

In all eight teams took part in the Pagett Cup and Shield, the George Walsh Cup and the Morgan Darcy Cup competitions Such were the numbers for the Pagett Cup & Shield competition that an early start was required with four teams involved and two 9 a-side semi-finals to be played simultaneously. One semifinal was highscoring throughout and was only decided by a last minute goal, while the other scoreless at halftime burst into life in the second half. These semifinals were followed by an 8 a-side George Walsh U14 Cup final. There were no u12 takers for this competition with their own Cup and Shield finals to follow. A three point gap was all that separated the sides at the end. The Pagett Cup final soon afterwards ended with a margin of a single point. The final cup for decision saw the numbers swell to 11 a-side as a number of u14 players signed up to go for the double or consolation. Two goals for the "green" team looked to have delivered an unassailable 5 point lead but a late late onslaught from their "white" rivals brought two goals and a single point victory.
Winning Captains
l to r: Oran Mac Lochlann, George Walsh U14 Cup,
Eanna Davoren, Pagett U12 Shield,
Kevin Walsh, Pagett U12 Cup
Tim McDonagh,  Morgan Darcy U16 Cup

The day's activities including play, refreshments and presentations lasted a little over six hours with many parents and supporters staying throughout and many more coming and going as their particular iinterest determined. Thanks to all who provided nibbles and their were many willing hands ready to serve. Thanks to the managers looking after each of the teams and although there may have been a litle gentle rivalry, there was great sportsmanship as the various coaches would regard the players on all sides as their players. Thanks to Caoimh and Aodh for refereeing several games each.

Scenes from McCann's Centra Fun Day

posted 29 Jul 2014, 10:55 by Kenneth Fox   [ updated 29 Jul 2014, 11:01 ]

                                               The queue for the Cage Simulator (young and old) poses for a photo

                                    Seán Seoighe has a cut at David Collins 141km/hr


David Collins learns how its done

And while there was plenty of hurling we had plenty of the three F's too



                                For the children
                                                                                                                          And for the adults?
                                                                                                                 ("What are you worrying about, Colm. It will be fine!")


                                                                                                                                                                                Good to see you home!, John

and FOOD!!!

    Brace yourselves - They've picked up the scent                                                Put down that camera and make yourself useful!!

Our Compliments to the Management!


                                    Chair & Sec                                                                                                    Serena and Centra

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