The Breaffy Sports Arena was the venue for the inaugural Eugene O'Shea Memorial Hurling Tournament for hurling school in the Castlebar Mitchels Hurling catchment area. Four schools took part on the day with over sixty boys taking part in the unique indoor hurling event.
In the end it was the St Pats Boys National School team who emerged on top with a win over Scoil Raifteiri in the final. In the Shield final, newcomers Derrywash NS came out on top with a win over Snugboro NS.
Tony Stakelum (Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Chairman) congratulated all four teams involved and thanked the teachers for their support of the event. He also thanked referee Conall O'Donnaill and local schools coordinator Kevin O'Boyle for his work in launching the blitz day. Due to the success of the event, it is hoped that the Eugene O'Shea Memorial Cup will be an annual event in the Castlebar Mitchels coaching calendar.
Semi1: Scoil Raifteiri 11-2 Derrywash 3-2
Semi2: St Pats 7-7 Snugbroro NS 2-2
Shield Final: Derrywash 2-2 Snugbroro 2-0
Cup Final: St Pats BNS 5-5 Scoil Raifteiri 4-3
Eugene O'Shea Memorial Cup
No history of Castlebar Mitchel's Hurling Club can be written without paying a small, deserved tribute to Eugene O'Shea RIP. Eugene was instrumental in reactivating hurling in Castlebar in 1981. Eugene O'Shea was chairman of the Hurling Club from 1981 to 1987 when his untimely death took place. Eugene's sons, Niall, Paul & Aidan all played hurling for the club and county. During Eugene's term as chairman of the Mayo GAA Hurling Board, the Mayo senior hurling team were promoted up to Division 2 and played with distinction against Tipperary, Laois, Antrim, Dublin and Meath. It was the highest ever status of hurling in Mayo in the National Hurling League. Eugene was a great leader and motivator. He had a very deep interest in all that was Irish but especially hurling. Eugene brought a sense of direction to Mayo hurling. In a remarkable way, his quiet and gentle manner had touched the hearts and minds of all of us who had come to know him so well. He was a man of great principle and character. In every way he was a perfect gentleman.
Feile na nGael 2018
The National U14 Hurling Feile na nGael competition will be hosted by Connacht GAA on the weekend 10th June 2018. All hurling clubs in Connacht are invited to be part of this event. It is planned that Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Club will be a host club for Feile na nGael, and will have a visiting team staying within the club for the weekend festival of hurling.
In preparation for this, the Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Club are looking to recruit new players for 2018 who wish to be part of this momentous National hurling event. It is expected that over 120 hurling teams and over 60 camogie teams will take part in Feile na nGael all over Connacht, in what is the largest underage GAA event on the calendar.
Hurlers born in 2004, 2005 and 2006 are the target audience. For further information on joining for Feile na nGael contact Castlebar Mitchel's Hurling Club Chairman Tony Stakelum on 086-8586842.