Feile na nGael, a great Cork celebration
June 20, 2005
The 2005 Coca Cola Féile na nGael Tournament was a resounding success held in Cork over the weekend with up to 200 young girls taking part in the weekend event. Cork pulled of the Division 1 and 3 Coca Cola Féile na nGael titles while the Division 2 title went to Antrim's Ballycastle who defeated another Cork club Buttevant in the Final.
The real Féile spirit was possibly evident in the end when all four provinces recognised in the winners rostrum, between winning finals, and other wards over the weekend.
Defending champions Douglas who were appearing in their third final in a row and also against the same opposition St.Vincent's of Dublin dealt the Dublin side a harsh 6-8 to 0-0 in the Division 1 Final which was played in Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Douglas overcame Kilkenny side Thomastown in the semi-final while St.Vincent's accounted for Glen Rovers.
However, in the final the Dublin side could not match a fine Douglas side who had nine of last year's side available to them.
The Mackey twins, Pamela and Claire who was awarded player of the match were in fine form, but what won this second title for the Cork club was sheer team performance. Ahead 3-7 to 0 at the break two second half goals in the opening ten minutes from Julie White left no doubt as to who might lift the 2005 Division 1 trophy. While Vincent's tried hard until the end, they were alas always a step behind this well drilled Douglas side.
There was further joy for Cork club Killeagh who won their first Féile na nGael title in 28 years, when they defeated Lismore of Waterford, 6-8 to 4-2 to claim the Division three title.
For the club it was almost a trip down memory lane as former Cork player Ann Marie Landers was on that team of 28 years ago and yesterday (Sunday) she witnessed her daughter Danielle win her first Féile title. It was a similar story for Shelley Spillane who also watched her daugher, Claire repeat the same deed as she did all those years ago.
Ballycastle of Antrim, steeped in camogie and hurling tradition lifted the Division two title when they denied Cork a treble win defeating Cork side Buttevant 6-8 to 1-8 in the Division two final. Having won the Division three final last year they were in the higher grade this year and showed they may well be a club of the future in Antrim.
The Division three title was not the only one that went to Antrim as Loughgiel's Racquel Mc Carry was the 2005 Skills winner having pipped Kildare's Louise Walsh at the post by two points, while Galway's Deirdre Walsh came in third.
There was further delight for Ulster when Armagh side St.Patrick's Keady won the prize for the best dressed team in the Féile na nGael Parade which was held in Cork City on the Friday night. The best Banner award went to Kildare side Johnstown Bridge, while the two home clubs who won the county awards were Fr.O'Neills who won the best dressed team and St.Finbarrs won the best home banner.
Division 1 Final: Doulgas 6-8: J White, K Horgan 2-1 each, A O'Donovan 1-2, C Mackey 1-1, M O'Donovan 0-3. St.Vincents, Dublin 0-0.
Division 2 Final: Ballycastle 6-8, Buttevant 1-8: E Murphy 0-7,E Healy 1-0,D O'Callaghan 0-1
Division 3 Final: Killeagh 6-8: C Keohane 3-5, S Swayne 2-0, S Smiddy 1-2, E O'Neill 0-1. Lismore 4-2: C Mc Glone 2-0, A Hannon, R Whelan 1-0 each, M Russell 0-2.
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