Irish handball review of 2013
17 December 2013
Catriona Casey & Martin Mulkerrins wins Irish & U.S. Collegiate titles. Paul Brady back to his brilliant best nine in a row of All-Ireland senior singles titles. Brady & Finnegan win senior doubles title number nine. Shanks & Brady Pro stop wins. Killian Carroll Boston Open Champion. The quartet of Ruairi Kelly, Robin Cook, Christopher McKenna & Barry McGuirk all win Australian handball titles. Club 60 x 30 titles for Kells, Ballydesmond, Hospital & Kells (Kk). Kilkishen club in Clare celebrate historic Feile double. Four member team represent Ireland in World games in Cali Columbia. McCarthy's three in a row of 60 x 30 singles titles. Catriona Casey wins 3 out of 4 ladies All-Ireland titles in 2013. Carroll & Sheridan retain softball doubles crown. Club 40 x 20 titles for Ballaghadeereen, Brackey (2) & Mallow
Irish Handball Review of 2013 by Michael McGee
Christmas celebrations for Byrne & Clarke in Chicago
Irish Juniors came home from the 57th Annual USHA Junior 4 wall championships from Lattof YMCA in Des Plaines Chicago with 2 titles. Maggie Byrne from the Kiltimagh Club in Mayo claimed the Girls U-15 singles round robin event. In the Boys U-17 doubles Pol Clarke & Tyler Stoffel had a brilliant win over Jordan Taylor & Anthony Callado from Vancouver by 12-21, 21-16, 11-7. Taylor & Collado edged out Mayo's Shane Walsh & T.J. Byrne by just 1 ace in their semi-final contest. Tyrone's Conor McElduff lost out in the final of the Boys 19 & Under singles to Brant Bidegain 21-15, 21-11, having denied Loren Collado by 21-18, 21-6 in the semis.
Coughlin retains Munster Open
The Munster 40 x 20 open under 15 handball tournament was hosted by the Liscarroll, club in Co. Cork with in excess of over 50 players taking part with the final played on New Year's Eve. Fergal Coughlan from the Clooney Club in Clare retained the title that he won last year. Coughlan clashed with Mayo's Niall Joyce in the final. It was the Mayo teenager that got the better start taking game one by 15-10. Coughlin hit form with some blistering play dominating the second and powered his way to a comfortable tie break win. Coughlin became only the second player to retain the title after Cathal Hannon also achieved the double in 2003/2004.
Robbie McCarthy retains John Gaffney Cup
Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy began the new year on a winning note when retaining the 2013 John Gaffney Memorial Cup with a final win over Cavan's Michael Finnegan. The reigning champion was pushed all the way in an action packed final before securing the win over the man from Breffni.
Quarter-Finals: Robbie McCarthy Jnr. (Westmeath) bt Vinny Moran (Mayo) 21-8, 21-8.
Michael Gregan (Wicklow) bt Dominic Lynch (Kerry) 7-21, 21-14, 11-9.
Martin Mulkerrins (Galway) bt Diarmuid Nash (Clare) 21-17, 17-21, 11-5.
Michael Finnegan (Cavan) bt Steven Cooney (Mayo) 21-15, 21-17.
Semi-Finals: Robbie McCarthy Jnr. (Westmeath) bt Martin Mulkerrins (Galway) 21-18, 21-4.
Michael Finnegan (Cavan) bt Michael Gregan (Wicklow) 21-7, 21-6.
Final: Robbie McCarthy Jnr. (Westmeath) bt Michael Finnegan (Cavan) 21-16, 21-16.
Shanks win Houston Pro Stop
Armagh's Charly Shanks became only the 4th Irish player to win the pro stop when he played some inspirational handball to defeat Naty Alvarado by 15-11, 15-13, 20-18. Shanks was forced to serve game ball four times before securing the win. Shanks follows Paul Brady, Tony Healy & Robbie McCarthy as the only Irish players to have won a Pro stop since Brady's historic breakthrough in 2004.
Brady Ulster Champion
In the provincial championships World Champion Paul Brady kept up a unbelievable record as not having lost a competitive game since 2004. The Mullaghoran man had too much in the tank for doubles partner Michael Finnegan taking Ulster by 21-14, 21-12. Same could be said for Antrim's Aisling Reilly World Ladies singles champion cantered to an emphatic 21-6, 21-9 over Down's Lorraine Havern
Over in Connacht Galway's young gun Martin Mulkerrins secured his first Connacht title at senior level with a powerful performance over Mayo's Stephen Cooney in the final winning by 21-20, 21-3. Roscommon's Leona Doolin defeated Amy Corrigan in the ladies final.
In Munster Clare's Diarmuid Nash World 23 & Under champion played inspirational handball on the way to becoming Munster champion. Nash had an excellent 21-13, 15-21, 21-16 over Cork's Killian Carroll in the semi final and followed this up with an even more forceful victory over Kerry's Dominic Lynch.
Kilkenny's Peter Funchion emerged as the Leinster champion defeating Wicklow's Johnny Willoughby. Kildare's Anna Spence gained victory over Wicklow's Patricia Doyle in the ladies final.
Coughlin's star in Salthill tournament
Salthill Handball Club hosted a very successful 40 x 20 tournament with over fifty players taking part in Junior "B" singles, Junior singles and Masters doubles. Five courts were used over the two day event. Players from Meath, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Roscommon, Mayo, Westmeath and the Aran Islands took part. The Junior B grade proved very competitive with the match between Ryan Seoige & Aodan Concannon both from the Inis Mor Islands going head to head. In a tremendous tussle Seoige won out just by 31-29. Meath Tom O' Connor took the Junior B cup while Mayo's Ciaran Burke triumphed over Roscommon's Dennis Creaton by 21-15, 21-1 in the Junior Cup competition. Father & Son combination Fergal Coughlin Senior & Junior stole the show in Salthill in the Masters final defeating Mayo's Joe Dowling & James Towey. The victory by the Coughlin's was widely appreciated by the Salthill faithful.
Salthill results: Junior "B" Singles Cup Champion:
Tom O'Connor (Meath), r-up Fergal Coughlan Jnr (Clare)
Junior "B" Singles Plate Champion: Brendan McDonagh (Ros), r-up Pierce Lalor (Moycullen, Galway)
Junior Singles Cup Champion: Ciaran Burke (Mayo), R-up Denis Creaton (Ros)
Junior Singles Plate Champion: Ian McLoughlin (Mayo), R-up Fergal Coughlan Snr (Clare),
Masters Doubles Cup Champions: Fergal Coughlan Snr & Jnr (Clare), R-up James Towey and Joe Dowling (Mayo)
Masters Doubles Plate Champions: Mike Kennedy and Willie Corcoran (Galway), R-up Tony and Steven McInerney (Galway/Limerick)
Casey & Mulkerrins Collegiate Champions.
Catriona Casey UL & Martin Mulkerrins UCD became Irish Collegiate champions for 2013 in the Open Divisions. Casey was in unstoppable form as she cruised to the final. In the Women's Open the UL student defeated Lorraine Havern UUJ by 21-7, 21-8 to repeat her success over Havern in last year's Ladies 23 & Under World singles final. Mulkerrins defeated Fergal Collins Tralee I.T. by 21-13, 21-18 in the Men's open final.
Men's Open: Martin Mulkerrins UCD dft Fergal Collins Tralee I.T. 21-13, 21-18
Mens A: John Horgan DCU dft Arron Geoghegan U.C.C. 21-13, 21-12.
Men's B: Colum Kearney UCC dft Darrell Dolan TCD 21-5, 21-11
Men's C: Darren Whelan UCC dft Shane Walsh UL 21-9, 21-4
Contender: Dara Cloake UCD dft Sean Egan UL 21-7, 21-15.
Women's Open: Catriona Casey UL dft Lorraine Havern UUJ 21-7, 21-8
Women's A: Shauna Hilley I.T. Tralee dft Aoife McCarthy AIT 4-21, 21-15, 11-7
Women's B: Niamh Farrell DCU dft Lisa McKenna TCD 21-6, 11-21,11-10
Women's C: Orla McCabe UCD dft Ciara Maddock DCU 21-0, 21-7.
Carrickmore Gael Linn winners
The 23rd Annual Gael Linn Competition was held in Kingscourt. Tyrone's dominated with Carrickmore's Corman Munroe & Ciara Mullen defeating Loughmacrory's Antoin Fox & Caitlin Conway 31-15 in the final. In the Plate section, Catriona Millane & David O Byrne of Model School Limerick overcame Micheal Breathnach's pairing John Ó Biadha & Roisín Ní Ghionnúinon a 38-20 scoreline.
Gardai handle defense forces in handball
The Gardai defeated the Defence forces in the annual handball challenge played in St. Coman's Roscommon. The Defense forces took the lead thanks to Pte Kirk Greene & Pte Colm Jordan. Pte Hurley & Armn Byrne, Michael O'Ronan & Gerry Cloghan extended their lead. The Gardai unveiled veterans Campbell Brennan & Frank Mackin and it had the desired effect. In the last doubles the Gardai duo of Dessie Dowd & Conor McDonnell robbed the trophy back into Gardai hands with victory over Pte Chris Samuels and SS Ciaran Gallen.
Kingscourt hosted the All-Ireland 40 x 20 colleges finals. Martina McMahon Colaiste na Trociare Rathkeale defeated Maeve McElduff Loreto Convent Omagh by 15-9, 5-11. Rising Clare star Colin Crehan Ard Scoil Ris Limerick overcame Galen Riordan St. Peters Wexford in an exciting Senior Boys final that went to a tie breaker. The final score was 15-6, 14-15, 15-12. The full results are as follows.
GAA Handball O'Neills 40x20 All Ireland 2nd Level Colleges Finals
Junior Girls Singles Final: Ciana Ní Churraoin (Coláiste na Coirbe, Gaillimh) dft Niamh Coleman (St. Michael's Grammer School, Lurgan) 15-1, 15-7
Junior Girls Doubles Final: Aoife Kelly & Eilise McRory (Dean Maguire, Carrickmore) dft Fiona Tully & Caoimhe Shanagher (Convent of Mercy Roscommon) 8-15, 15-10, 15-6
Senior Girls Singles Final: Martina McMahon (Colaiste na Trocaire Rathkeale,Limerick) dft Meave McElduff (Lorreto Convent, Omagh) 15-10, 15-13
Senior Girls Doubles Final: Roisín Ní Chonghaile & Adhna Ní Bhraonáin (Coláiste Na Coirbe, Gaillimh) dft Denise Love & Aisling Maher (Castlecomer CS) 15-9, 15-11
Junior Boys Singles Final: Daniel Curry (Col Bhride Carnew) dft Fergal Coughlan (Rice College Ennis, Clare) 15-12, 7-15, 15-9
Junior Boys Doubles Final: Padraig Cooney & Shane Dunne (Castlecomer CS) dft Cathair Agnew/Jamie Keane (St. Camin's Shannon, Clare) 15-4, 15-7
Intermediate Boys Singles Final: Darren Doherty (St. Macartan's, Monaghan) dft John Lalor (St Mary's Coll. Galway) 15-0, 15-5
Intermediate Boys Doubles Final: Evan Sheridan/Dylan Sheridan (St. Ciaran's CS Kells) dft Conor Noone & Eanna Kelleghan (St Mary's College, Galway) 15-3, 15-8
Senior Boys Singles Final: Colin Crehan (Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick) dft Galen Riordan (St Peter's Wexford) 15-6, 14-15, 15-12
Senior Boys Doubles Final: Ryan Harkin/Patrick Herlihy (Patrician Academy Mallow, Cork) dft Cian O'Dalaigh & Corey Fay (Sc Chaitriona) 15-3, 15-6
In February came the shock resignation of GAA Handball C.E.O. Chris Curran. After just four years in the post the Tyrone man helped to transform the game to one of the top sports in the country.
The 2012 GAA Handball National All-Star Award Winners were announced and the winners were:
Male Player of the Year: Paul Brady, Cavan
Female Player of the Year: Aisling Reilly, Antrim
International Player of the Year: Charly Shanks, Armagh
Masters Player of the Year: Dominick Lynch, Kerry
Young Male Player of the Year: Martin Mulkerrins, Galway
Young Female Player of the Year: Lorraine Havern, Down
Youth Male Player of the Year: Colin Crehan, Clare
Youth Female Player of the Year: Ciana Ní Churraoin, Galway
Official of the Year: Austin McKenna, Monaghan
Club person of the Year: Eugene Kennedy, St. Brigid's, Dublin
Coach of the Year: John O'Donoghue, Tipperary
Special Achievement Award: Aoife Kelly, Tyrone
Team of the Year: Kells Open Club Team, Meath
Hall of Fame Award: Paddy Lennon, Wicklow
Club of the Year: Clann Eireann GAA HC, Lurgan, Armagh
President's Volunteer Award: Mary Tully, St. Coman's, Roscommon
Mulkerrins retains U.S. Collegiates as Casey slams in Ladies
The 61st USHA Collegiate Championships took place in Tempe Florida from February 20-24 last. Martin Mulkerrins UCD defeated Daniel Cordova in the Men's Open final by 21-13, 21-16. In the doubles final Mulkerrins & Sean Foley were just edged out by Isaac Acosta & C.J. Laffey in the tie breaker by 21-13, 10-21, 11-10. In the Ladies Catriona Casey UL had a comprehensive victory over Aoife McCarthy AIT by 21-1, 21-14. Casey and Lisa Loughnane defeated Samantha Zendar & Amalia DeSardi by 21-4, 21-7 in the ladies doubles final. John Hurley & Kevin Mulligan UL were defeated by Ryan Campbell & John Larson USU in the Men's B doubles final by 21-5, 21-12. Other Irish representatives included Terry McElvaney DCU, Colin O' Luing UL, Stephen Cooney, Peter Cassidy Sligo, Seamus Casserly UL. Ciaran Buckley, PJ O' Brien Cork, Sean Killeen, Ronan Quillan TCD, Ciara & Clodagh McMenamon NUIG, Lara Mannion UCD.
Carlow's Sean Ryan, from the Garryhill club was the recipient of GAA Presidents Handball Award. The Carlow man has given 40 years to handball as a player, coach, referee, administration and fundraising for Garryhill.
Brady's brilliance bags nine in a row. Casey win Ladies title
The GAA Handball O' Neills sponsored Irish Open 40 x 20 championships began on Saturday 9th February. Twenty eight players entered the singles and 15 doubles pairings all aiming to win the coveted All-Ireland senior titles. In the quarter finals Antrim's Ricky McCann was within a whisker of going out of the championships with Cavan's Michael Finnegan. The Cavan man led 21-17 and 20-12 in the second. Despite serving for the match on 4 occasions Finnegan could not get over the line. It was McCann who came back from the brink to take the second game by 21-20. Finnegan retired with a leg injury in the tie breaker with McCann leading by 19-9. Reigning Champion Paul Brady proved too strong for Owen McKenna. Robbie McCarthy had a tremendous tussle with Meath's Brian Carroll before booking his place in last four. McCarthy won the contest by 21-15, 18-21, 21-11. Kerry's Dominic Lynch defeated Clare's Diarmuid Nash in the other quarter final. In the ladies quarter final Kerry Maria Daly came through in the tie breaker by 12-21, 21-17, 21-19 over Down's Lorraine Havern. Cork's Catriona Casey caused a huge shock when defeating world champion Aisling Reily in 3 games by 11-21, 21-11, 21-19. The Men's open semi-finals were played in Abbeylara and resulted in wins for Paul Brady & Robbie McCarthy. Brady the defending champion had an 21-10, 21-4 win over Antrim's Ricky McCann while McCarthy was equally impressive with an 21-9, 21-10 triumph over Kerry's Dominic Lynch thus setting up a repeat of last years final. In the Ladies semi's Maria Daly had a comfortable 21-8, 21-9 win over Kildare's Anna Spence while Catrionia Casey defeated Ashley Prendiville in the other semi-final. In the Ladies final Cork's Catronia Casey continued her exceptional winning streak when beating Maria Daly the Ladies singles champion in 2004/05, 2010,11. It was an exciting final with Casey not over awed by Daly. Casey proved the victor on the day by 21-10, 21-15 to claim her first 40 x 20 Senior singles crown.
At the National Congress held in Monaghan Clare's Willie Roche defeated Tyrone's Eugene Maguire 57-40 for President Elect and will take up the role at next year's Annual Congress. It was Chris Curran's last Annual Report to Congress.
In the men's open doubles there was a double header down in O'Loughlin's court in Kilkenny. Cork's Killian Carroll & Brendan Fleming overcame Meath's Brian Carroll & Carl Browne narrowly in 3 games while Cavan's Paul Brady & Michael Finnegan had things much to their own way when disposing of Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann by 21-4, 21-4.
Brady & Finnegan 9th doubles title
Cavan's Paul Brady & Michael Finnegan captured their 9th All-Ireland senior 40 x 20 doubles with an 21-8, 21-17 win over Cork's Killian Carroll & Brendan Fleming. Cavan took the first game easily but were made fight all the way in the second before securing the title. Clare's Colin Crehan & Barry Nash were taken to a tie breaker before claiming the Minor doubles title at Meath's (Evan & Dylan Sheridan) expense by 18-21, 21-5, 21-1. In the ladies doubles final Kerry's Maria Daly & Ashley Prendiville champions in 2010 came back to bring the title back to Kerry with a tie break win over Cork's Catriona Casey & Aisling O'Keeffe by 21-11, 11-21, 21-17.
G.A.A Handball 40 x 20 finals results:
Minor Doubles: Clare (Colin Crehan/Barry Nash) dft Meath (Evan Sheridan/Dylan Sheridan) 18-21, 21-5, 21-1
Senior Doubles: Cavan (Paul Brady/Michael Finnegan) dft Cork (Killian Carroll/Brendan Fleming) 21-8, 21-17
Over 35 A Singles: Kerry (Dominic Lynch) dft Mayo (Vinnie Moran) 21-9, 20-21, 21-19
Over 70 Singles: Sligo (Paddy Walsh) dft Cork (Pat O'Brien) 21-11, 21-11
Ladies Junior B Singles: Waterford (Aoife Landers) dft Dublin (Áine Gorman) 21-7, 21-6
Emerald Master A Singles: Wexford (Tony Breen) v Limerick (Tom O Brien) OFF
Golden Masters A Singles: Kildare (Michael Dowling) v Cork (John Herlihy)
Masters B Singles: Offaly (Sean Ryan) dft Tipperary (Martin McInerney)
Junior B Singles: Meath (Peter Reilly) v Cork (John Casey)
Silver Masters A Singles: Dublin (Egin Jensen) dft Antrim (Paddy Crothers) 21-17, 21-12
Emerald Masters B Singles: Dublin (Frank Kerins) dft Down (Brian Havern) 21-12, 21-3
Intermediate Singles: Kildare (Niall O'Connor) dft Tyrone (Shane O'Neill) 21-15, 21-6
Ladies Intermediate Singles: Mayo (Amy Corrigan) dft Tyrone (Lisa McAleer) 21-15, 21-13
Silver Masters B Singles: Galway (Prionsios Moughan) dft Limerick (Denis McCarthy) 21-12, 21-15
Golden Masters B Singles: Mayo (Tom Byrne) dft Tipperary (Pat Ryan) 16-21, 21-13, 21-17
Masters A Singles: Kilkenny (Michael Walsh) dft Tipperary (David Moloney) 21-18, 21-4
Over 35 B Singles: Cork (Dale Cusack) dft Kilkenny (Stephen Barcoe) 21-18, 10-21, 21-9
Diamond Masters A Singles: Carlow (John Rossitor) dft Monaghan (Michael McCarron) 21-10, 21-7:
Junior Singles: Kilkenny (William Love) dft Tyrone (Barry Devlin) 21-12, 21-10
U- 21 Singles: Galway (Martin Mulkerrins) dft Monaghan (Terry McElvaney) 21- 11, 21-2
Ruby Masters A Singles: Antrim (Seamus Graham) dft Galway (Morgan Darcy) 21-13, 11-21 21-18
Diamond Masters A Singles: Cork (John Herlihy) dft Kildare (Michael Dowling) 21-19, 21-20
Masters B Singles: Offaly (Sean Ryan) dft Tipperary (Martin McInerney) 15-21, 21-9, 21-6
Junior B Singles: Meath (Peter Reilly) dft Cork (John Casey) 21-20, 21-12
Emerald Masters A singles: Limerick (Tom O'Brien) v Wexford (Tony Breen) walkover to Limerick
Diamond Masters B Singles: Antrim (Robbie McMahon) dft Mayo (Joe Neary) 17-21, 21-2, 21-8
GAA Handball 40x20 All Ireland Doubles Finals
Ruby Masters A Doubles: Cavan (Patsy Hand/Greg Sheridan) dft Wexford (Ned Buggy & Garrett Somers) 21-16, 21-17
Emerald Masters B Doubles: Cork (Sean Daly/Ray Norris) dft Louth (Michael Tiernan & Charlie Kelly)
Junior B Doubles: Cork (John Casey/Denis Quinn) dft Laois (Andrew Dowling/Peter Whelan) 21-2, 14-21, 21-9
Junior Doubles: Cork (Shane Hedigan/Donnacha O'Dea) dft Carlow (Daniel Fenlon/Oliver Ryan) 21-4, 21-18
Intermediate Doubles: Tipperary (Ger Coonan/Fergal Collins) dft Kildare (Niall O'Connor/Paul Moran) 21-12, 21-6
Masters A Doubles: Tipperary (David Moloney/Noel Murphy) dft Kilkenny (D J Carey/Michael Walsh) 21-14, 16-21, 21-15
Over 35 B Doubles: Limerick (John Noonan/Pat Doody) dft Galway (Morgan Duggan/Trevor Hannon) 16-21, 21-13, 21-17
Ladies Junior B Doubles: Clare (Edel O'Grady/Aisling Fitzgerald) dft Dublin (Áine Gorman/Cliona Ui'Dhalaigh) 21-15, 21-14
Diamond Masters A Doubles: Offaly (Billy Mullins & Jim Guilfoyle) dft Cork (Paddy Buckley/Chris Hurley) 21-3, 21-7
Emerald Masters A Doubles: Mayo (Kevin Geraghty/Pat Hopkins) dft Cork (Pat Morris/Gerry Guiney) 21-0, 21-7
U- 21 Doubles: Cork (Killian Carroll/Patrick Herlihy) w/o Galway (Martin Mulkerrins/SeamusO'Conghaile)
Ladies Intermediate Doubles: Mayo (Pauline Gallagher/Amy Corrigan) w/o Clare (Lisa Loughnane/Annmarie Fitzgerald).
Golden Masters B Doubles: Mayo (Aidan Bell/Sean Cunnane) dft Tipperary (Pat Ryan/Paul Maher) 21-6, 18-21, 21-9
Masters B Doubles: Mayo (Jason Judge/Pat Foy) dft Tipperary (Martin McInerney/John Lee) 7-21, 21-12, 21-19
Silver Masters A Doubles: Antrim (Paddy Crothers/John McGarry) dft Dublin (Egin Jensen & Frank Daly) 21-4, 21-8
O-35 A Doubles: Antrim (Ricky McCann/Paul Graham) dft Mayo (Vinnie Moran/Campbell Brennan) 21-12, 21-11
Silver Masters B Doubles: Kilkenny (Tom O'Keeffe/Tom Dooley) dft Antrim (Kevin McParland/Stephen Brady) 21-12, 21-8
Golden Masters A Doubles: Meath (Chrisy McGovern & John Boy Molloy) dft Antrim (Thomas Maguire/Tony Caddell) 11-21, 21-8, 21-9
Diamond Masters B Doubles: Roscommon (James Coughlan/Eamon Ward) dft Antrim (Charlie Monaghan/John McManus) 18-21, 21-7, 21-16
Ladies Junior Doubles: Kilkenny (Rachel Hogan/Maria Walshe) dft Galway (Sinead Ní hAinlí/Roisín Ní Chonghaile) 21-9, 21-15
Ladies Senior Doubles: Kerry (Maria Daly/Ashley Prendiville) dft Cork (Catriona Casey/Ashling O Keefe) 21-11, 11-21, 21-17
Juvenile 40 x 20 championships finals 2013
Girls U-14 Singles: Clare (Ella Donnellan) dft Wexford (Holly Hynes) 15-2, 15-11.
Girls U-14 Doubles: Mayo (Maggie Byrne & Dayna Finn) dft Limerick (Katie Mc Carthy & Cathy Foley) 15-0, 15-7
Boys U-14 Singles: Tipperary (Colin Ryan) dft Kilkenny (Conor Murphy) 15-7, 15-4.
Boys U-14 Doubles: Tipperary (Jerome Cahill & James Prentice) df Gaillimh (Sean Ó Maoilchiaráin & Peter Ó Donnchadha) 15-7,15-3
.Girls U-15 Singles: Tyrone (Eilise McCrory) dft Gaillimh (Eimear Ní Bhiadha) 2-0
Girls U-15 Doubles: Clare (Evelyn Duggan & Aoife Tuohy) dft Kilkenny (Caoimhe O Shea & Aine Dunne) 15-3, 15-2.
Boys U-15 Singles: Gaillimh (Desmond Conneely) dft Armagh (Jordan Murtagh) 15-2, 15-4
Boys U-15 Doubles: Dublin (Ciaran Flanagan & Micheal Varley) dft Cork (Kevin O Connell & Darragh Moynihan) 15-10, 14-15, 15-9
Girls U- 16 Singles: Armagh (Niamh Coleman) dft Roscommon (Fiona Tully) 21-20, 21-15
Girls U-16 Doubles: Armagh (Aoife McConville & Alana Doran) dft Kildare (Hannah & Kate Dagg) 21-10, 21-18
BoysU-16 Singles: Clare (Fergal Coughlan) dft Mayo (Niall Joyce) 21-6, 21-15.
Boys U-16 Doubles: Kilkenny (Padraig Cooney & Dylan Caulfield) dft Tipperary (Jason English & John Ryan) 21-11,21-7.
Girls U-17 Singles: Laois (Niamh Dunne) dft Limerick (Niamh Doyle) 21-10, 21-2
Girls U-17 Doubles: Kilkenny (Denise Love, Aoilean Hennessy) dft Limerick (Laura Stack,Niamh Mc Carthy) 21-11, 21-10
Boys U-17 Singles: Meath (Robert Fox) v Monaghan (Ramunas Ramanauskas) Not Played
Boys U- 17 Doubles: Clare (Sean Donnellan & Ciaran Cooney) defeated Mayo (Conor Burke & Cormac Moran Clare 21-11, 21-4.
Munster Girls Interprovincial team of 10 title winners
In the Interprovincial Girls team of 10 competition Munster defeated Connacht by the minimum 67-66 in an exciting final held in Kingscourt. The winning Munster team members were
Bridin Dinan (Clare) & Caitriona Millane (Limerick)
Sinead Maher (Tipperary) & Ella Donnellan (Clare)
Doireann Murphy (Clare) & Clodagh Nash (Clare)
Katie Fleming (Cork) & Aileen Twomey (Kerry)
Natasha Coughlan (Clare) & Aine McInerney (Clare) Sub: Katie McCarthy (Limerick)
Cork claim 2 out of 3 Boys team titles
The Boys team finals were hosted by St. Coman's, Curraghboy & Williamstown club with Cork taking the Boys U-14/15 & U-16/17 titles while Tipperary took the Boys U-12/13 title demonstrating the strength in depth of handball in Munster at Juvenile level.
Boys U12/13: Final: Tipperary (John Mc Grath, Matthew Spain, Sean McAdams, Sean Hayes, Jack O Keefe, Daire Madden) dft Wexford (Glen Murphy, Kieran Power, Todd Hynes, Cian Keogh, Colm Parnell, Richard Browne, Colm Kiely) 75-56
Boys U14/15 Final: Cork (David Walsh, Tadgh O Neill, Darragh Moynihan, Pauric O Leary, Oisin Hickey, Eoghan Sheehan, Jerry Cronin, David O Connor) dft Kildare (Sean Muddiman, James Killeen, Cal Cribben, Jack Tobin, Kevin Diggins, Aaron Doonan) 90-27
Boys U16/17: Final: Cork (Shane Flynn, Jamie Kennelly, Aidan O Brien, Timmy Dunne, Brian Sheehan) dft Kilkenny (Paul Clifford, Darragh O Shea, David Doyle, Adam Clifford, Darragh Simpson) 60-29
Irish Junior Nationals 2013
Clare was the setting for this year's nationals and it proved an outstanding success. Over 200 games were played and 9 courts were used. Tyrone came away from Clare with 5 titles followed closely by the home county with 4 titles
Girls 11&U l Elizabeth McGarvey dft Mollie Dagg
Allanah Ryan dft Aoife Floyd 15-10, 15-5
Dayna Finn (Mayo) dft Maggie Byrne (Mayo) 15-13, 15-5
Aoife Quinn (Sligo) dft Avril Deegan (Laois)
Eilise McCrory dft Niamh Coleman 21-9, 14-21, 11-4
Natasha Coughlan dft Rachel Delahunty 21-7, 21-3
Ciana Ni Churraoin dft Maeve McElduff 21-9, 21-11
Lorcan McBride dft Eoghan McGinnity 11-5, 11-6
Ciaran Cuddy dft Darragh Canavan 15-12, 9-15, 11-8
Boys 13&U l Tiernan Agnew dft Cormac Munroe 15-3, 15-4
Shane Flynn dft Keith Armstrong
Fergal Coughlan dft Daniel Kavanagh 21-9, 21-6
Gabhainn McCrystall dft Colin Crehan 17-21, 21-12 ,11-7
Terry McElvaney dft Jamie Lynch 21-20, 21-15
Shanks storms to pro stop win in Salt Lake City
Armagh's Charly Shanks won the Pro Stop in Salt Lake City with a devastating display. In his semi-final match Shanks routed top U.S. players Sean Lenning by 25-3 in just 17 minutes. Ireland's other representative Galway's Martin Mulkerrins hammered Chip Morales 25-8 to qualify. Mulkerrins then defeated Emmett Peixato 25-23. In the quater final Sean Lenning defeated Mulkerrins 25-6. The other semi-final seen Luis Moreno defeat Dave Fink. In the final Shanks proved too strong for Moreno winning comfortably 25-7 over the World's Men's open singles runner-up.
Nash & Reilly take Nationals honours
Clare's Diarmuid Nash & Antrrim's Aisling Reilly were the big winners in this year's GAA Handball Nationals finals played in Ulster venues. The major shock seen tournament favourite Robbie McCarthy knocked out in the quarter finals by Galway's Martin Mulkerrins. Mulkerrins was beaten by Meath's Brian Carroll in the semi's in an energy sapping encounter with the Meath man winning out 21-20, 20-21, 11-9. In the other semi final Diarmuid Nash defeated Cavan's Mick Finnegan 21-16, 21-19. In the Men's final Carroll took the opening game by 21-15. Nash hit back in the second winning by 21-11 and in the tie breaker Nash had that little bit more in reserves of energy after a tiring weekend taking the tie breaker 11-3 and the Men's open title back to Clare.
In the Ladies final Antrim's Aisling Reilly got back on winning ways with an emphatic 21-7, 21-5 winover Cork's Catriona Casey
2013 GAA Handball Irish Adult Nationals finals
Diarmaid Nash dft Brian Carroll 15-21, 21-11, 11-3
Aisling Reilly dft Catriona Casey 21-7, 21-7
Paul Moran dft David Walsh 21-17, 21-8
Barry Devlin dft Conor McElduff 21-16, 19-21, 11-9
Sean Digney dft Peter Flanagan 21-9, 21-20
Martin Turley dft Anthony Donnelly 21-12, 21-14
Mens 23 & Under
Niall O'Connor dft CJ Fitzpatrick 21-6, 16-21, 11-9
Mens 23 & Under B
Sam Temple dft Anthony Crotty 21-7, 21-4
Maeve McElduff dft Una Wrynn 21-15, 21-4
Sabrina Hughes dft Ellen O Connor 21-18, 21-11
Ladies 23 & Under
Martina McMahon dft Aoife McCarthy 21-11, 21-9
Vincent Moran dft Dominic Lynch 10-21, 21-10, 11-1
Ducksy Walsh dft Egin Jensen 21-4, 21-2
Tom Savage dft Michael Clerkin 21-16, 21-7
Silver Masters B
Kenny Curran dft Tony McElduff 21-11, 21-6
Golden Masters A
Michael Dowling dft John Herlihy 21-11, 21-6
Golden Masters B
Tom Byrne dft Denis Phelan 21-10, 12-21, 11-10
Diamond Masters A
Eugene Kennedy dft John Rossiter 3-21, 21-20, 11-4
Emerald Masters A
Anthony Caddell dft Tony Breen 21-15, 21-12
Seamas Graham dft Greg Sheridan 21-16, 21-9.
Brady's wins Seattle Pro Stop
Cavan's Paul Brady underlined his status as the World's greatest ever handball player when taking he WPH Race 4 Eight Pro Stop in the Washington Athletic Club Seattle over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Brady was taken to a tie breaker in the semi-final by Luis Moreno. Brady came through that challenge with a 15-9, 12-15, 11-5 victory. Armagh's Charlie Shanks defeated Dave Fink 15-13, 15-4 in his semi-final. In the final Brady unleashed his power and took the opening game in the final after a whirlwind opening when he led 8-0 at the start. In game two the World champion was 10-5 but Shanks kept Brady scoreless on 4 successive occasions with the Cavan man serving. Both players tired after playing 4 competitive matches in 32 hours.However the Armagh man could not make inroads with Brady's lead and the World's no.1 dominated again for the remainder eventually taking the Pro Stop 15-7 in game two.
Carroll is Boston open Champion
The same weekend as Brady became the Race 4 eight champion Cork's Killian Carroll triumphed in the Boston Open. The young Cork star defeated Jurell Bastidas and Mike Schneider on the way to the final. In the final itself Carroll at just 19 defeated Billy O' Donnell 21-5, 21-5.
Hardball title for Kildare's Niall O'Connor
Kildare's Niall O'Connor claimed his maiden senior hardball crown when capturing the G.A.A. O'Neills All-Ireland singles final in Talbot's Inch. O'Connor defeated Limerick's C.J. Fitzpatrick in a hard fought final winning out 21-15, 21-16. In the Minor final Wexford's Galen Riordan defeated Cork's Michael Hedigan in 3 games 19-21, 21-12, 21-2.
Kilkenny won both the Junior & Masters doubles titles. In the Junior decider Ciaran Neary & William Love became champions over Limerick's Eamon Davern & John Keyes 21-14, 21-10 while the legendary Michael Ducksy Walsh & Eddie Burke easily defeated Kildare's Michael Dowling & Neil Morrison 21-6, 21-2 in the Masters doubles final.
Senior Singles: Niall O'Connor (Ke) dft C.J. Fitzpatrick (LK) 21-15, 21-16
Senior Doubles: Mayo (Dessie Keegan/Stephen Cooney) dft Kerry (Dominic Lynch/JJ Quirke) 21-15, 21-15
Minor Singles: Galen Riordan (Wex) dft Michael Hedigan (Cork) 19-21, 21-12, 21-2
Minor Doubles:Cork (Michael Hedigan/Daniel Relihan) dft Wexford (Galen Riordan/Thomas Hall) 21-0, 21-8
Junior Singles:Wexford (Jason Murphy) dft Kilkenny (Ciaran Neary) 21-13, 21-15
Junior Doubles: Ciaran Neary & William Love (KK) dft Eamon Davern & John Keyes (Lk) 21-14, 21-10
Masters Singles:Kildare (Michael Dowling) dft Mayo (John Conroy) 21-3, 21-6
Masters Doubles: Michael Walsh & Eddie Burke (Kk) dft Michael Dowling & Neil Morrison (Ke) 21-6, 21-2
Casey & Daly Inis Mor champions
Inis Mor Island organised their 3rd Annual "One-Wall on the Rock and a great number of handballers from around the country attended. In the Men's Open final was a repeat off the 2012 decider with Cork's Killian Carroll and Tyrone's Darragh Daly again meeting in the final. Daly played impressively on his way to an 21-10, 21-17 win. In the ladies final Cork's Catrionia Casey defeated Ciana Curran from Galway 16-11.
SF1: Killian Carroll dft Vinny Moran 26-20
SF2: Darragh Daly dft Conal McCavitt 21-10
Final: Darragh Daly dft Killian Carroll 21-17
SF1: Catriona Casey dft Niamh Egan
SF2: Ciana Ni Churraoin dft Aisling Reilly 18-13
Final: Catriona Casey dft Ciana Ni Churraoin 16-11
Dermot Doolin dft Brian Havern
Liam O'Ceallaigh dft Richie McNally
Cormac McMahon dft Eamon Mulkerrin
Eimear Beatty dft Ellen O'Connor
Sean Mulkerrin dft Daniel Lydon
Leah Doyle dft Niamh Heffernan
Peter Donoghue dft David O'Byrne
Liam Seoighe dft Ryan O'Toole
McCavitt & Curran win out in Williamstown
Galway's Cianna Curran retained her ladies title with an easy 15-2. 15-7 win over Roscommon's Deirdre Donohoe. While in the Men's open also a repeat of twelve months ago. Conal McCavitt retained his title but only just after an exciting comeback against fellow Armagh played James Doyle in a thrilling tie break contest. Doyle took the opening game by 15-13. McCavitt hit back in game two winning it by 15-10. In the tie breaker Doyle looked to have won it when leading 8-6 but McCavitt dug deep at the right time and managed to gain control eventually winning a memorable contest by 11-9.
Results Williamstown One-Wall
Men's Open: Conall McCavitt dft. James Doyle 13/15, 15/10, 11/9
Ladies Open: Cianna Ní Churraoin dft. Deirdre Donohoe: 15/2, 15/7
Men's C: Eamon McCrory dft. Padraic Coyle: 15/5, 15/9
Men's Challenger: Eamon McNicholas dft. Mike Dillon: 15/2, 15/9
Ladies B: Sinéad Ní Ainle dft Niamh Dunne: 15/8, 15/4
Ladies Challenger: Mary Grehan dft Ellen O'Connor 25/19
Masters: Aidan Heneghan dft. Niall Kerr 15/12, 15/10
Golden/Diamond Masters Round Robin: Winner: Gearóid Ó Faharta; R-Up: Frank Macken
Ruby Masters: Winner: Morgan Darcy; R-Up: Seamas Ó Fatharta
Boys U11 Cup: Eoin McGinnity dft. Mikey Kelly
Girls U11 Cup: Mairéad Fox dft. Ailbhe Breathnach
Boy's U12 Cup: Eimhín Ó Diollúin dft. Fionn Cusack.
Girl's U12 Cup: Leah Doyle dft. Emer Kerr
Girls U14 Cup: Michaela McCartan dft. Ashling Ní Mhaoileáin
Boy's U14 Cup: Peter Donohue dft. James Prentice
Boy's U16 Cup: Jack Campbell dft Aaron Owens
Girl's U 16 Cup: Elise McCrory dft Anna Ní Odhráin Ní Mhurchú
Boy's U18 Cup: Johnny Woods dft Pól Clarke
McCarthy & Sheridan Michael Black winners in Kells
Kells man Tommy Sheridan & Mullingar's Robbie McCarthy clinched the Michael Black Memorial Cup in Kells over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The cream of Ireland 60 x 30 players arrived in the Meath town. McCarthy &Sheridan went all the way defeating Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann 21-8, 21-8. In the junior section Michael Sheridan & Mick Berry defeated Christy McGovern & John Boy Molloy 18-21, 21-11, 21-12.
Three titles for Irish players in Australian 4-Wall Nationals finals
The Australian handball Association organised their 33rd 4-wall National in Melbourne. This year the Championships was boosted by six Irish players who made the long and exhausting trip over. Derry's Robin Cook defeated Japon's Yukata in the Masters grade and very pulled of a double when just going down to Australian Joe Santilli in the A singles final. Tyrone's Ruairi Kelly went all the way in the Men's open singles beating Eddy Scheurga in a hard fought final by 21-11, 21-15. The Mens A doubles final was an all Monaghan affair with Christopher McKenna & Barry McGuirk taking the title at the expense of Colin Donnelly & Thomas Treanor
Sheridan & McCarthy defeat Mayo kingpins in second final
The Danny O Sullivan Memorial Tournament was held and for the second time in as many weeks seen Tom Sheridan & Robbie McCarthy take on Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann. The Mayo men stunned Sheridan & McCarthy in game one overwhelming them 21-7 in the first and astonishingly were 14-6 up in the second. Sheridan & McCarthy came back magnificently storming back to win the second by 21-19. In the tie breaker Keegan & McCann had no more to give as the fitter McCarthy & Sheridan finished strongly winning by 21-4. In the Paul Russell Memorial Cup final J.P. O'Connor & Mike O'Toole defeated Paudi Quish & Eamonn Davern 21-8, 21-16.
McCavitt & Doolin star in Mount Talbot
The Mount Talbot Club held a very successful One Wall tournament with over 200 players participating from all over the country. Mount Talbot is now a ranked one wall event. Armagh's Conal McCavitt won his second one wall tournament in as many weeks with a narrow 11-9 tie break victory over Mayo's Steven Cooney. In the ladies final Down's Lorraine Havern defeated Leona Doolin.
Coyle Bros Opel Garage Roscommon Boys U10 Cup Final:
Fiachra O Duill Armagh dft Damien Forde Galway 16-15
Coyle Bros Opel Garage Roscommon Boys U10 Plate Final:
Mikey Kelly Galway Liam Seoige Galway 25-9
St Brendans Credit Union Ballygar Girls U10 Cup Final:
Louise Mc Ginnity Monaghan dft Sadhbh Ni Fhaithearta Galway 22-12
St Brendans Credit Union Ballygar Girls U10 Plate Final:
Aishling Treacy Mount Talbot dft Katie Raferty Galway 19-15
Kepak Athleague Boys U12 Cup Final:
Eoghan Mc Ginnity Monaghan dft Dylan Hanley Roscommon 20-7
Kepak Athleague Boys U12 Plate Final:
Jason O Toole Galway dft Liam Egan Roscommon 16-6
One Wall Kings Of Coney Island' Film Production Girls U-12 Cup Final:
Leah Doyle Kildare dft Caitlin Conway Galway 10-8
One Wall Kings Of Coney Island' Film Production Girls U-12 Plate Final:
Orlaigh Forde Galway dft Amy Warde Galway 17-9
Liam O Malley Veterinary Boys U14 Cup Final:
Cormac Munroe Tyrone dft Diarmuid Mulkerins Galway 19-18
Liam O Malley Veterinary Boys U14 Plate Final:
David Walsh Cork dft Nathan Feeney Dolan Galway 21-7
Peter Raftery Travel G-U14 Cup Final:
Heather Spellman Galway dft Aisling Mullen Galway 31-14
Peter Raftery Travel G-U14 Plate Final:
Niamh Fleming Galway dft Aine Gilden Galway 17-11
Seán Collins Livestock Agent Boys U-16 Cup Final:
Niall Allison Tyrone dft Ben Walsh Limerick 15-11
Seán Collins Livestock Agent Boys U-16 Plate Final
Daniel Lydon Galway dft Desmond Conneely 11-10
Colm Tully Veterinary Supplies Roscommon Girls U 16 Cup Final:
Fiona Tully Roscommon dft Anna Ni Odhrain Ni Mhurchu Galway 28-17
Colm Tully Veterinary Supplies Roscommon Girls U 16 Plate Final:
Hannah Dagg Kildare dft Aoife Quinn Sligo 19-5
WEGOTNEXTPRODUCTIONS Boys Minor Cup Final:
Shane Murphy Limerick dft Conor Noone Galway 15-12
WEGOTNEXTPRODUCTIONS Boys Minor Plate Final:
Thomas Geraghty Galway dft Darren Campbell Mount Talbot 13-6
Fallons Bar & Lounge Ballygar Ruby Masters Cup Final:
Morgan Darcy Galway dft Seamus E O Faherta Galway 24-11
The Bridge House Athleague Masters Cup Final:
Sean Mc Nally Down dft Dermot Doolin Roscommon
The Bridge House Athleague Masters Plate Final:
Brian Havern Down dft Oisin Quinn Sligo 17-8
Treacy Décor Ladies Novice Cup Final:
Paula Hett Galway dft Aoife Tully Roscommon 31-8
Treacy Décor Ladies Novice Plate Final:
Caitriona Ni Chonghaile Galway dft Kate Coyle Mount Talbot 18-11
Traynors Garage Ballygar Mens Challenger Cup Final:
Michael Dillon Galway dft Kevin Kelleghan Mount Talbot 22-17
Traynors Garage Ballygar Mens Challenger Plate Final:
Colin Mitchell Galway dft Matt Kenny Galway 22-17.
Kathy Quine Little Stars Ladies Challenger Cup Final:
Deirdre Kelly Mount Talbot dft Aileen Kelly Mount Talbot 24-22
Kathy Quine Little Stars Ladies Challenger Plate Final:
Aine Ni Dhroighnaoin Galway dft Linda Connaughton Galway 20-11
Doyles Corner Ballygar Ladies C Cup Final:
Ellen O Connor Kildare dft Mary Grehan Mount Talbot 21-8
Doyles Corner Ballygar Ladies C Plate Final:
Karen Finegan Galway dft Tara Taylor Roscommon 14-10
Padraig Crean & Co Accountants Mens C Cup Final:
Brendan Mc Donagh Roscommon dft Kevin Mulligan Mayo 25-12
Padraig Crean & Co Accountants Mens C Plate Final:
Stephen Ryan Galway dft Frank Quine Mount Talbot 19-14
Holmes Centra Ballygar Ladies B Cup Final:
Siobhan Tully Roscommon dft Janet Flanagan Galway 24-12
Hamrocks Bar & Lounge Athleague Mens B Cup Final:
Aidan Heneghan Mount Talbot dft Nevan Mc Cartan Roscommon 15-9, 15-7
Hamrocks Bar & Lounge Athleague Mens B Plate Final:
Liam O Ceallaigh Mount Talbot dft Peter Cassidy Mayo 18-10
Classic Cutz Roscommon Ladies Open Cup Final:
Lorraine Havern Down dft Leona Doolin Roscommon 15-10, 15-2
Semi Finals Havern dft Maeve Mc Elduff Tyrone 26-12
Doolin dft Sinead Ni Ainli Galway23-15
Classic Cutz Roscommon Ladies Open Plate Final:
Hillary Rushe Roscommon dft Deirdre Donoghue Roscommon 13-5
Kildea Concrete Mens Open Cup Final:
Conal Mc Cavitt Armagh dft Stephen Cooney 15-5, 7-15, 11-9
Semi Finals: Mc Cavitt dft Martin Mulkerins Galway, 21-12
Cooney dft James Doyle Armagh 21-14
Kildea Concrete Mens Open Plate Final:
Jarlath Coyle Mount Talbot dft Ian Mc Loughlin Mayo, 11-10.
Semi Finals: Coyle dft Pat Conway Galway 16-15,
Ian Mc Loughlin dft Ciaran Malone Clare 18-12
Brady's 8th U.S Title
Des Moines Iowa was the setting for the 2013 U.S. at the end of June. There was a small Irish contingent yet irish players came away with 3 of the 4 open titles on offer together with the Men's 45 plus singles. World champion Paul Brady yet again was the hero when recording his 8th U.S title defeating rising Galway star Martin Mulkerrins in straight games in the final. Mulkerrins had earlier defeated Tyree Bastidas and had a titanic struggle with Armagh's Charly Shanks winning a terrific battle by 21-20, 21-20. Mulkerrins accounted for Clare's Diarmuid Nash in the semi's. Brady had straighforward wins over Danny Armijo 21-6, 21-6 before accounting for up and coming star Nikolai Nahorniak on a 21-4, 21-7 scoreline. In the final Brady had things all his own way with Mulkerrins in the final winning out comfortably by 21-4, 21-4. In the ladies it was also an All-irish final with Aisling Reilly defeating Catriona Casey 20-21, 21-10 11-3 to record her 3rd U.S title. In the ladies doubles final Catriona Casey & Aoife McCarthy defeating Aisling Reilly & Amelia De Sardi 21-12, 21-20. Dublin's Egin Jensen won another U.S. title when dispatching Rob Pearse 21-4, 21-5 in the Masters 45 plus final. Kilkenny's Ciaran Neary was runner up in the Men's A singles final
Mendez & Havern Irish Open One Wall chanpions
Herman Mendez from Puerto Rico champion claimed his second Irish one wall title in 3 years when defeating Cork's Killian Carroll in an outstanding Men's final that went to a tie breaker before the Puerto Rican finally winning out. Down's Lorraine Havern defeated Mayo' s Amy Corrigan in the ladies final.
Havern and Corrigan & Carroll & Conall McCavitt made up the Irish team for the world games in Cali Columbia.
Mens Open Final: Herman Mendez Puerto Rico dft Killian Carroll Cork 15-7, 2-15, 11-5
Mens Open 3/4th Place Play Off: Conall McCavitt Armagh dft Vinny Moran Mayo
Ladies Open Final: Lorraine Havern Down dft Amy Corrigan Mayo 15-2, 15-7
Mens B Final: Ciaran Burke Mayo dft Cathal Sheridan Cavan 20-15
Mens C Final: Sean Digney Down dft Ken O Neill Cork 20-13
Mens Challenger Final: Matthew Patterson Wicklow dft Martin Turley Down 16-15
Ladies B Final: Sinead Ni hAinlí Galway dft Patricia Doyle Wicklow 31-9
Ladies Challenger Plate Final: Siobhan Lehane Limerick dft Annie Havern Down 24-14
Masters Final: Ducksy Walsh Kilkenny dft Aidan Heneghan Roscommon 23-9
Silver Masters Final: Niall Kerr Tyrone dft Michael Armstrong Wexford 28-6
Golden Masters Final: Sean McNally Down dft Padraig Maguire Kildare 26-15
Diamond Masters Final: Gearoid O Fatharta Galway dft Richard Willoughby Wicklow 28-15
Ruby Masters Final: Morgan Darcy Galway dft Colm O Cualain Galway 26-14
Boys 11& Under Final: Eimhín O Diollúin dft Eoghan McGinnitty 13-10
Boys 13 & Under Final: Tiarnan Agnew Clare dft Cormac Munroe Tyrone 28 -11
Boys 13&Under B Final: Gearoid O Conghaile, Galway dft David O'Byrne Limerick 24-15
Boys 15 & Under Final: Sean Kerr Tyrone dft Niall Joyce Mayo 21-16 after a tiebreaker
Boys 15&Under B Final: Jamie Kelly Galway dft Keith Armstrong Wexford 19-18
Boys 17 & Under Final: Colin Crehan Clare dft Gabhainn McCrystall Tyrone 16-15
Boys 17&Under B Final: Sean Flanagan Westmeath dft Shane Murphy Limerick 17-13
Boys 19 & Under Final: Conor McElduff Tyrone dft Ryan Harkin Cork
Girls 11 & Under Final: Mollie Dagg, Kildare dft Caitlin Conway, Tyrone 13-11
Girls 13 & Under Final: Megan McCann Armagh dft Dearbhla Coleman Armagh 18-16
Girls 13 & Under B Final: Roisin Gannon Galway dft Elizabeth McGarvey Tyrone 12-11
Girls 15 & Under Final: Niamh Coleman Armagh dft Fiona Tully Roscommon 29-9
Girls 15 & Under B Final: Saoirse Sunderland Kildare dft Clodagh Neville Limerick in a tie break.
Girls 17 & Under Final: Maeve McElduff Tyrone dft Galways Ciana Ni Churraoin 17-15
Girls 17&Under B Final: Aine O Keefe Kildare dft Kate Dagg Kildare 27-11
Mens B Plate: Winners: Jarlath Coyle & Aaron Owens
Mens C Plate: Winners: Nevan McCartan & Conor O Gorman
Mens Challenger Plate: Winners: Seamus McCrory & Anthony Crotty
Ladies B Plate: Winners: Laura Mannion & Janet Flanagan
Ladies Challenger Plate Plate: Winners: Ellen O Connor & Mary Havern
Golden Masters Plate: Winners: John Moen & Conor McDonnell
Diamond/Ruby Masters Plate: Winners: Pat Doyle & Seamus E O Fatharta
Boys 11&Under Plate: Winners: Josh Kavanagh & Caolan McCartan
Boys 13&Under Plate: Winners: Jack McNeela & Lorcan McBride
Boys 15&Under Plate: Winners: John Ryan & Ben Devlin
Boys 17&Under Plate: Winners: Conor Noone & John O'Neill
Boys 19&Under Plate: Winners: Joey Varley R-up: Fionn O'Sullivan
Girls 11&Under Plate: Winners: Sinead Havern & Orlaith Ní Churraoin
Girls 13&Under Plate: Winners: Catriona Millane & Maebh McCrystall
Girls 15&Under Plate: Winners: Heather Spellman & Aoife Quinn
Girls 17&Under Plate: Winners: Aoife McConville & Shona Ruane
Kilkishen club in Clare celebrate historic Feile double
Kilkishen Handball Club in Co Clare celebrated a rare double as they captured both Division 1 titles at the Féile na nGael competition in Limerick. Sixty three handball Handball teams took part from all over the Country in what was a festival of handball at Juvenile handball at its very best. Limerick hosted the event with a number of venues in Cork also hosted the games. The overall results are as follows
40x20 Division 1: Kilkishen bt Mallow 35/33
40x20 Division 2: Michéal Breathnach bt Moycullen 35/24
40x20 Division 3: Friary/ Abbeyside bt Ballydesmond 42/11
40x20 Division 4: Leixlip bt Mallow 2 42/22
40x20 Division 5: Kells (Meath) bt Broadford 42/20
40x20 Division 6: Ballyporeen bt Boherbue 41/27
60x30 Division 1: Lahorna bt Hospital 37/30
40x20 Division 1: Kilkishen v Kiltimagh 38/30
40x20 Division 2: Breacach bt Leixlip 40/38
40x20 Division 3: An Mhodscoile bt Kilworth
Kells crowned club 60 x 30 champions
Kells are again the Kings in Club handball having defeated Ballaghaderreen in the Open Club final in Kells. Gary McConnell got Kells off to the perfect start with an 21-16, 21-10 win over Stephen Cooney. Kells were too strong for Ballaghaderreen in the doubles with Tom Sheridan & Christy McGovern recording a 21-9, 21-18 doubles win. Brian Carroll didn't have to play the two games against Dessie Keegan with the Meath side to far out in front to be caught. Kells ran out winners 97-65
Open final: Kells, Meath Brian Carroll, Tom Sheridan, Gary McConnell, Carl Browne dft Ballaghaderreen Joe McCann, Dessie Keegan, Vincent Moran, Paul Flynn & Stephen Cooney 97-65
Intermediate final: Ballydesmond, Cork Brendan Fleming, Donnacha O Dea, John O Keefe, Denis Quinn, John Casey dft Williamstown, Galway Ollie Conway, Declan Connaughton, Alan Tierney & Kevin Cradock 98-60
Junior final: Hospital, Limerick JP O Connor, Ken Bourke, John Keyes, Mike O'Toole, Kieran Bourke dft Coolgreaney, Wexford Darren O'Toole, Peter McGrath, Ned Connors, Damien Kelly 99-66
Junior B final: Kells, Kilkenny Brendan Burke, Diarmuid Burke, Anthony Martin, Dan Breen dft Broadford Limerick Denis McCarthy, Dominic Enright, Shane Murphy, Kieran Leahy, Paul Shanahan 105-37
Kilkenny One-Wall championships - Neary is senior champion
Windgap Handball Club hosted the county one wall competition at the G.A.A grounds in late July. The lovely weather brought out a large crowd from around the county. There were 5 grades with a total of 25 participants. Windgap was represented by In Mens Open Philly Lonergan In Masters A Grade were Eamon and Jimmy Purcell, In Masters B Grade were Michael O Shea, Simon Walsh. Juvenile U17 were Darragh O Shea,. Juvenile U15 were David Doyle, James Culleton and Pat Grace. For some it was the first time to play one wall but all the competitors provided some very entertaining games. Before the finals took place we were entertained with a GU11 exhibition game between Roisin O Keeffe Kilfane and Noelle Dowling Mothel with Roisin O Keeffe winning. All five finals were played with great spirit and displayed some great handball.
Mens Open Final Ciaran Neary Talbots Inch dft Dan Breen Kells
Masters A final Jimmy Purcell Windgap dft Tom O Keeffe Kilfane
Masters B Final Eddie English Goresbridge dft Simon Walsh Windgap
Juvenile u17 final Padraig Cooney Clogh dft JJ English Goresbridge
Juvenile U15 final Aoife Holden Kilfane dft Ciaran Cooney Clogh
McCarthy's treble. Meath pair retain softball doubles
The Martin Donnelly sponsored 60 x 30 championships started in July with the senior doubles (14 teams) entered. Reigning champions in Meath's Brian Carroll & Tom Sheridan easily accounted for the Mayo pairing of Steven Cooney & Ian McLoughlin 21-4, 21-9. There was a huge shock in Cashel with title contenders Wexford's Barry Goff & Colin Keeling beaten by Roscommon's Rikki O'Gara & Damien Martin in 3 games 5-21, 21-18, 21-18. Runners up in 2012 Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann received a bye into the next round.
Seventeen players took part in this year's Martin Donnelly open championships. The Preliminary round started on July 27th with round 1 on August 10th. Mayo's Joe McCann beat Wexford's Barry Goff 21-20, 8-21, 21-18 in the round of 16 match while Ger Coonan a semi-finalist last year was beaten by Steven Cooney 20-21, 12-21.
In the singles quarter finals there was wins for Duckysy Walsh, Dessie Keegan, Robbie McCarthy & Eoin Kennedy. Williamstown hosted the Men's singles semi-finals with Robbie McCarthy defeating 16 time champion Duckysy Walsh by 21-9, 21-5. While Eoin Kennedy defeated Dessie Keegan by 21-10, 21-4. In the ladies Senior doubles finals played in Fahy's Cross in Offaly. Cork's Catriona Casey & Aisling O'Keefe caused a shock when defeating defending champions in Mayo's Paul Gallagher & Amy Corrigan by 21-8, 21-14.
Williamstown also hosted the Senior singles final and at the packed Galway venue was treated to absorbing final involving Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy & Dublin's Eoin Kennedy. It was their 5th final meeting in a row. Kennedy improved dramatically after a slow start which seen him going 8-0 down. The former champion with a great fightback had chances to take the opening game but McCarthy swooped to land the opening game by the minimum 21-20. Kennedy tired midway through the second game and the Westmeath took a firm stranglehold winning his third 60 x 30 singles titles on the trot by 21-10 in the second. Tipperary's Fergal Collins & David Hickey defeated Mayo's Stephen Cooney & Ian McLoughlin 21-7,21-20 while Limerick's Paudi Quish retained his minor singles title with a tiebreak win over Wexford's Galen Riordan.
In the Men's Open doubles semi-final Meath's Tom Sheridan & Brian Carroll defeated Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy & John Shaughnessy 21-14, 21-9 while Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann overcame Roscommon's Rikki O'Gara & Damien Martin by 21-16, 21-18. The Meath pairing of Tom Sheridan & Brian Carroll had a spectacular win over Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann in a 3 match final doubles programme in Broadford. Cork's Michael Hedigan & Daniel Relihan dft Meath's Evan Sheridan & Robert Fox 21-12, 21-14 in the Minor doubles final. Mayo Stephen Cooney made amends in the Intermediate singles having lost the doubles to weeks ago. In the singles final he defeated Tipperary's Fergal Collins 21-6, 21-7
Cork's Catrionia Casey defeated Kerry's Maria Daly in straight games in the Ladies singles final. Casey completed the double in the ladies winning both the Ladies singles & doubles titles.
Quarter finals results: Ducksy Walsh(Kilkenny) dft Stephen Cooney (Mayo) 21-16, 21-8
Dessie Keegan (Mayo) dft Gavin Buggy (Wexford) 21-13, 10-21, 21-17
Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) dft Brian Carroll (Meath) 21-10, 21-15
Eoin Kennedy (Dublin) dft Joe McCann (Mayo) 21-11, 21-6
Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy) dft Kilkenny (Ducksy Walsh) 21-9, 21-5
Dublin (Eoin Kennedy) dft Mayo (Dessie Keegan) 21-10, 21-4
Final: Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) dft Eoin Kennedy (Dublin) 21-20, 21-10
Ladies Semi Finals -
Catriona Casey (Cork) w/o Amy Corrigan (Mayo
Maria Daly (Kerry) dft Mary Phelan (Kilkenny) 21-3, 21-13
Ladies SS Final: Cork (Catriona Casey) dft Kerry (Maria Daly) 21-6. 21-14
Irish handballers in World games
The Irish team of Amy Corrigan, Lorraine Havern,Conal McCavitt, Killian Carroll & team manager Darragh Daly flew out to Cali Columbia for the world games on Thursday 27th July last. Other handball nations taking part were USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, France, UK, Argentina and Ecuador. The tournament format sees players compete in a doubles competition in a league basis, before qualifying for the knockout stages. The games are seen as the initial start to getting handball included in the Olympics games but faced stiff competition from other sports like beach handball, softball,fistball and even Tug-o-war.
The Irish men's team got off to a great start defeating France 15-5, 15-6 in the opening game and followed this up with an nailbiting win over England's Danny Tristao &Luke Thompson by 14-15, 15-6, 11-10. In their third game Mexico beat Carroll & McCavitt by 15-6 & 15-9. Ireland had to beat the U.S team of Timbo Gonzalez the no.1 ranked player and current world champion Tywan Cook to reach the final. It was a tall order but the Irish lads gave a gutsy performance against the U.S. players just losing out by 15-9, 15-13 after a terrific battle.
The ladies team just missed on a final placing as well losing out 15-14, 12-15, 9-11 in the tie breaker to the Columbian ladies team having earlier beaten England's Tessa Mills & Kathleen Biedenhann15-7, 15-6. The team had support from Eamonn Todd & Hugh Moyna from Truagh Handball Club in Monaghan who were on their travels in South America at the time.
World Police & Fire Games
Belfast hosted the World Fire & Police Games from July 31st - August 3rd last.
World Police & Fire Games Roll of Honour 2013
Gold - Conor McDonnell (An Garda Siochana)
Bronze - Gerry Coleman ( Irish Prison Services)
Silver - Tom Sheridan (Irish Fire Services)
Gold - Anthony Donnelly (Irish Fire Service)
Silver - Des O'Dowd (An Garda Siochana)
Bronze - Colm Gregan (An Garda Siochana)
Bronze - Tom Sheridan (Fire) & Conor McDonnell (Garda)
Over 50's Singles
Gold - Tony Flaherty (An Garda Siochana )
Silver - Conor McDonnell ( An Garda Siochana )
Over 40's Singles
Gold - Mick Sheridan ( Irish Fire Service)
Silver - Paddy Donovan ( An Garda Siochana )
Bronze - Gerry Coleman ( Irish Prison Service)
Gold - Tom Sheridan ( Irish Fire service)
Silver - Mick O'Brien (Irish Prison Service )
Bronze - Aidan Devlin (Northern Ireland Fire Service)
Gold - Robert Byrne (An Garda Siochana )
Gold - Conor McDonnell/Tony Flaherty ( Garda )
Silver - Gerry Coleman (Prison) & An LAPD colleague
Gold - Tom & Mick Sheridan ( Irish Fire Service)
Silver - Paddy Donovan (Garda)/Mick O'Brien (Prison)
Bronze - Robert Byrne/Mick O'Neill (Garda)
Official opening of Fenagh Handball Court
The official opening of Fenagh Handball Alley took place on Sunday, August 4th last. Handball has been played in Fenagh going back to 1912. Peter Heaney Fenagh & Connacht Chairman was the main driving force behind the project. Club chairman Kevin Doonan and incoming handball president Willie Roche performed the official opening. Current world doubles one-wall champions Jarlath Scollan and Alan Wrynne played some games and there was a doubles exhibition between Robbie McCarthy & Martin Mulkerrins v Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann.
Martin Donnelly sponsored All-Ireland handball 60 x 30 championships singles finals 2013
Singles Final: Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy) dft Dublin (Eoin Kennedy) 21-20, 21-10
Minor Singles: Limerick (Padraig Quish) dft Wexford (Galen Riordan) 21-17, 13-21, 21-9
Intermediate Singles Final: Mayo (Stephen Cooney) dft Tipperary (Fergal Collins) 21-6, 21-7
Ladies SS Final: Cork (Catriona Casey) dft Kerry (Maria Daly) 21-6. 21-14
Senior Singles Final: Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy) dft Dublin (Eoin Kennedy) 21-20, 21-10
Ladies Intermediate Singles: Limerick (Martina McMahon) dft Kilkenny (Rachel Hogan) 21-3, 21-15
Silver Masters B Singles: Kilkenny (Noel Holden)dft Limerick (Denis McCarthy) 21-10, 21-12
Masters B Singles: Tipperary (John Corbett) dft Kilkenny (William Holden) 15-21, 21-18, 21-15
Junior B Singles: Tyrone (Conor McElduff) dft Kilkenny (Brendan Burke) 2-1
Golden Masters B Singles: Kildare (Padraig Maguire) dft Antrim (Thomas Maguire) 2-0
Ladies Junior Singles: Mayo (Jennifer Fahy) dft Tyrone (Maeve McElduff) 21-18, 12-21, 21-12
Over 35A Singles: Wexford (Gavin Buggy) dft Tipperary (Paul Mullins) 21-15, 21-19
Junior Singles: Cork (Brendan Fleming) dft Wexford (Paul Lambert) 12-21, 21-11, 21-13
Emerald Masters A Singles: Tipperary (Billy Mullins) dft Kilkenny (Johnny Brennan) 21-18, 21-12
Diamond Masters A Singles: Mayo (Martin Cronin) dft Donegal (David Mulhern) 21-17, 21-11
Over 70 Singles: Sligo (Paddy Walsh) dft Cork (Pat O'Brien) 21-6, 21-13
Emerald Masters B Singles: Galway (Jimmy Connaughton) dft Tipperary (Jerry Foley) 21-6, 21-12
Over 35B Singles: Roscommon (Billy Kelly) dft Cork (Jamie O'Donnell)21-8, 21-12
Under 21 Singles: Limerick (Eamon Davern) dft Roscommon (Mark Nally) 21-12, 21-14
Ruby Masters Singles: Kilkenny (Paddy Reilly) w/o Limerick (Francis O'Toole) scr.
Ladies Minor Singles - Galway (Ciana Ní Churraoin) dft Clare (Natasha Coughlan) 21-3, 21-6
Ladies Junior B Singles: Kerry (Aine Casey) dft Dublin (Sabrina Hughes) 21-17, 21-3
Diamond Masters B Singles: Louth (Sean Devlin) dft Tipperary (Eamonn Spillane) 21-13, 21-17
Silver Masters A Singles: Tipperary (Adrian Johnson) dft Dublin (Egin Jensen) 11-19 ret.'d inj.
Golden Masters A Singles: Westmeath (Robert McCarthy) dft Cork (John Herlihy) 21-13, 21-9
Masters A Singles: Kilkenny (Michael Walsh) dft Tipperary (Josie O'Dwyer) 21-11, 21-7
Mens Doubles Final: Meath (Tom Sheridan & Brian Carroll) dft Mayo (Joe McCann & Dessie Keegan) 16-21, 21-17, 21-16
Minor Doubles Final: Cork (Michael Hedigan & Daniel Relihan) dft Meath (Evan Sheridan & Robert Fox) 21-12, 21-14
Intermediate Doubles: Tipperary (Fergal Collins & David Hickey) dft Mayo (Stephen Cooney & Ian McLoughlin) 21-7, 21-20
Ladies Junior B Doubles: Dublin (Sabrina Hughes/Audrey McCormack) v Tipperary (Alma Conroy/Aishling Horan)
Ladies Minor Doubles: Galway (Ciana Ni Churraoin/Adhna Bhraonáin) w/o Clare (Natasha Coughlan/Michelle Nihill) scr.
Ladies Junior Doubles: Roscommon (Siobhan Tully/Laura Mannion) dft Clare (Aishling Fitzgerald/Edel O'Grady) 21-6, 21-5
Ladies Intermediate Doubles: Limerick (Martina McMahon/Sarah Flavin) dft Kilkenny (Ciara Mahon/Mary Phelan) 21-16, 6-21, 21-19
Masters B Doubles: Kilkenny (William & Noel Holden) dft Limerick (Mike O'Connor/Pat Murphy)
Silver Masters B Doubles: Kilkenny (Tom O'Keeffe/Tom Dooley) dft Limerick (Denis McCarthy/Pat Heffernan)
Emerald Masers B Doubles: Galway (Martin Ward/Jimmy Connaughton) dft Tipperary (Jerry Foley/Eamonn Spillane) 21-14, 14-21, 21-5
Diamond Masters B Doubles: Mayo (Stephen Howley/Phillip Ferrick) dft Limerick (JohnJoe Fahy/Pat Henerbry) 21-11, 21-19
U- 21 Doubles: Roscommon (Mark Nally/Cathal Connelly) dft Limerick (Eamon Davern/Richard O Carroll) 21-2. 21-1
Ruby Masters Doubles: Mayo (Matt Coady/Seamus Clarke) dft Cavan (Patsy Hand/Greg Sheridan) 14-21, 21-4, 21-14
Diamond Masters A Doubles: Carlow (Andy Ryan/John Rossiter) dft Mayo (John Kenny/Tim Hughes) 21-3, 21-2
Junior B Doubles: Tyrone (Conor McElduff/Pól Clarke) dft Kilkenny (Diarmuid & Brendan Burke) 21-11, 21-4
Golden Masters B Doubles: Antrim (Thomas Maguire/Pat Maguire) dft Wexford (Stephen & Brendan Murphy) 20-21, 21-15, 21-11
Junior Doubles: Cavan (James Brady/Patrick Clerkin) dft Wexford (David Kenny/Eugene Kelly) 21-14, 21-19
Emerald Masters A Doubles: Kilkenny (Johnny Brennan/Joe Hennessy) dft Tipperary (Billy Mullins/Pakie Mullins) 21-20, 21-15
Masters A Doubles: Wexford (Tommy Hynes/Paul Carty) dft Tipperary (Josie O'Dwyer/Noel Murphy) 21-7, 21- 4
Silver Masters A Doubles: Meath (Tom Sheridan/John Leahy) dftv Tipperary (Pat O Flaherty/John McQuaid) 21-9, 21-2
Golden Masters A Doubles: Meath (Christy McGovern/John Boy Molloy) dft Tipperary (Jimmy Mullins/Kevin Mullins) 21-15, 21-6.
O-35 B Doubles: Cork (Ger Healy/Denis Quinn) dft Roscommon (Billy Kelly)/John Kennedy) 21-11, 21-16.
O-35 A Doubles: Mayo (Vinnie Moran/Paul Flynn) dft Tipperary (Paul Mullins/Adrian Johnson) 21-18, 10-21, 21-11
All-Ireland Juvenile 60 x 30 championships finals
Girls U-14 Singles: Tipperary (Sinead Meagher) dft Wexford (Holly Hynes) 15-5, 15-3
Girls U-14 Doubles: Limerick (Katie Mc Carthy & Laura Stack)
Girls U-15 Singles: Tyrone (Eilise McCrory) dft Wexford (Roisin Walsh) 21-4, 21-4
Girls U-15 Doubles: Limerick (Cathy Foley & Clodagh Neville) dft Kilkenny (Caoimhe O'Shea & Aoife Walsh) 15-5, 15-6
Girls U-16 Singles: Kilkenny (Aoife Holden) dft Tipperary (Roisin Cahill) 21-10, 21-18
Girls U-16 Doubles: Kildare (Hannah & Kate Dagg)
Girls U17- Singles: Cork (Brid Horgan) dft Kilkenny (Niamh O'Shea) 21-1, 21-2
Girls U-17 Doubles Kilkenny (Sarah Molloy & Karen Walsh) dft Limerick (Michelle McCarthy & Niamh Mc Carthy) 21-11, 17-21, 11-8
Boys U-14 Singles: Tipperary (Jerome Cahill) dft Roscommon (Michael Egan) 15-6, 15-1
Boys U-14 Doubles: Tipperary (James Prentice & Colin Ryan) dft Galway (Cian Ó Conghaile & Oisín Ó Culain) 15-10, 15-3
Boys U-15 Singles: Kilkenny (Shane Dunne) dft Tyrone (Pauric Mullan) 15-1, 15-4
Boys U15- Doubles: Kilkenny (Dion Bourke & Mark Purcell) dft Cork (Gerry Cronin & Oisin Hickey)15-1, 15-1
Boys U-16 Singles: Mayo (Niall Joyce) dft Armagh (Brian McAnenly) 21-2, 21-10
Boys U-16 Singles: Mayo (Niall Joyce) dft Armagh (Brian McAnenly) 21-2, 21-10
Boys U-16 Doubles: Limerick (Evan Murphy & Nigel O'Callaghan) dft Wexford (Thomas Hall & Daniel Kavanagh) 7-21, 21-18, 1 Boys U- 17 Singles: Kilkenny (J J English) dft Waterford (Ciaran O'Neill) 21-20, 4-21, 11-71-7
Boys U-17 Doubles: Limerick (Shane Murphy & Ben Walsh) dft Kilkenny (Darragh O'Shea & Mark Dowling) 21-4, 21-2
Donovan back as Garda Champion
The Annual Garda All-Ireland 60x30 Championships were hosted at The Garda Depot, Phoenix Park, Dublin on Wednesday 25th September 2013.There were four categories played, Junior Singles, Senior Singles, Senior Doubles and Master Doubles.
The Junior competition for the Paddy Perry Cup was won by Sean Cunnane who defeated Gerry Clogher in the final.
The Masters doubles seen an exciting final between Tony Hannon/John Landers v Frank Macken/Seamus O'Connor. In a keenly contested and close final it was Macken & O'Connor who came out on top by 31-29.
Paddy Donovan who last won the senior final in 2010 was back again as he defeated last years champion in Bob Byrne
In the senior doubles Byrne got some measure of redemption when he teamed up with Des Dowd. They defeated Paddy Donovan & Gerry Clogher 31-25 in the fina
Team of Six finals
Boys U12/13 Team of Six final
Tipperary (Matthew Spain, Sean Hayes, Luke White, Sean McAdams, Daire Madden, John McGrath) dft Roscommon (Dylan Hanley, Gareth Delaney, Liam Egan, Fionn Cusack, Cian Finneran, Mogomed Yakhyaev) 78-65
Boys U14/15 60x30 Team of Six
Cork (Tadgh O Neill, David Walsh, Daragh Moynihan, Pauric Leary, David O Connor, Seamus Buckley, Padraig O Driscoll, Billy O Malley) dft Kildare (Sean Muddiman, James Killeen, Jack Tobin, Kal Cribben, Aaron Doonan, Kevin Diggins) 86-57
Boys U16/17 60x30 Team of Four FINAL
Limerick (Eoin Hegarty, Gearoid Lehane, Michael Whelan, Eoghan Russell, Declan Leahy) dft Monaghan (Gavin Coyle, Mark McDonnell, Gary Treanor, Conor Mohan, James McCague) 67-52
All-Ireland 60 x 30 Colleges finals 2013
Girls Junior Singles Final: Aoife Holden (Grennan, Thomastown) dft Fiona Tully (Convent of Mercy Roscommon) 9-15, 15-9. 15-8
Girls Junior Doubles Final: Katie McCarthy/Laura Stack [Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, Limerick] dft Sorcha Delaney & Aileen Hennessy (Castlecomer CS) 15-3, 15-1
Boys Junior Singles Final: Sean Kerr (Dean Maguire, Carrickmore) dft Diarmuid Mulkerrins (St. Mary's Galway) 7-15, 15-11, 15-4
Boys Junior Doubles Final: Cian O' Conghaile & Oisin Ó Culain (Colaiste Colm Cille Indreabhán) dft Pauric Mullan /Turlough Clarke (Omagh C.B.S.) 15-7, 15-4
Boys Intermediate Singles Final: Keith Armstrong (FCJ Bunclody) dft Fergal Coughlan [Rice College Ennis Clare] 15-14, 15-1
Boys Intermediate Doubles Final: Evan Murphy/Shane Murphy [Hazelwood College Dromcollogher Limerick] dft Mark Purcell & Padraig Cooney (Castlecomer CS) 13-15, 15-14, 15-9
Girls Senior Singles Final: Ciana Ni Churraoin (Colaiste na Coirbe) dft Niamh Dunne (Col Mhuire Johnstown) 15-2, 15-0
Girls Senior Doubles Final: Aoife Kelly / Eilise McRory (Dean Maguire, Carrickmore) dft Clodagh Neville/Catriona Millane [Laurel Hill Colaiste Limerick] 15-9, 15-5
Boys Senior Singles Final: Daniel Relihan [Charleville CBS Cork] dft Galen O'Riordan (St. Peter's Wexford) 12-15, 15-8, 15-7
Boys Senior Doubles Final: Pól Clarke / Niall Allison (Omagh, C.B.S.) dft Ben Walsh/Eoin Hegarty [Gael Colaiste Limerick] 15-5, 15-2
W.I.T. win team final. Ciaran Neary, Ciara Mahon & Lisa McKenna win singles & doubles finals.
The 60 x 30 Intervarsities were held in Kilkenny over the weekend of 18th-20th October.The blue ribboned events were dominated by Kilkenny handballers with Ciaran Neary (Banking), Ciara Mahon (Trinity) and WIT retaining their softball crown once again for the sixth successive season.
Patrick Funchion, Dan Breen, Ger McGrath (all Kells, Kilkenny) and Jason Cahill (Tipperary) represented WIT and once again retained the Mens Open team event for Waterford Institute of Technology for the sixth season in a row. The final was held in Kilfane in front of a full gallery. In the first singles game Patrick Funchion faced reigning All Ireland minor champion Paudi Quish and despite a strong showing lost out 13-15, 10,15. Next up for WIT was Dan Breen and Jason Cahill in doubles and comfortably won 15-4, 15-4 setting WIT up nicely for the final singles game. Ger McGrath got of to a great start and defeated UL's John Fitzgerald 15-0. The last singles game was not played as WIT had accumulated enough points to secure victory.
Semi final - WIT (Patrick Funchion, Dan Breen, Ger McGrath, Jason Cahill) dft UCD (Naoise Greene, Alan Armstrong, Tyrnan Ruane, Tom Aird) 60-26
Final - WIT (Patrick Funchion, Dan Breen, Ger McGrath, Jason Cahill) dft UL (Paudi Quish, Danny Riordan, Shane Walsh, John Fitzgerald) 68-38
Ciaran Neary (Banking) defeated Niall O Connor (AIT) 21-6, 21-6 in the Open Singles final held in Talbots Inch on Sunday afternoon in his home court. Neary the senior handballer proved too strong this time round for O Connor after getting the better of reigning minor champion Paudi Quish (UL) in the semi final . Niall O Connor overcame Naoise Greene (UCD) in the other semi final.
Semi Finals - Ciaran Neary (Banking) dft Paudi Quish (UL), Niall O Connor (AIT) dft Naoise Greene (UCD)
Final - Ciaran Neary (Banking) dft Niall O Connor(AIT) 21-6, 21-6
Ladies Open Singles
Ciara Mahon from Clogh representing Trinity College won the Ladies Open Singles title defeating Mayo student Clodagh McMenamin (DCU) in a great victory for the Kilkenny woman. Ciara also teamed up with Lisa McKenna to win the Ladies Open Doubles title beating Niamh Farrell and Clodagh McMenamin (DCU)
Singles Final - Ciara Mahon (Trinity) dft Clodagh McMenamin (DCU)
Doubles Final - Ciara Mahon / Lisa McKenna (Trinity) dft Niamh Farrell / Clodagh McMenamin (DCU)
U.S Open of Handball wins for Catronia Casey, Dessie Keegan, Joe McCann & Morgan Darcy
U.S. Open of Handball in Los Caballeros California began on Thursday October 24th last with nine Irish players making the trip. Four Irish players entered in the Men's open Clare's Diarmuid Nash, Cork's Killian Carroll, Galway's Martin Mulkerrins & Mayo's Stephen Cooney. With the absence of reigning champion in Paul Brady it gave many of the Irish a chance to make a name for themselves. In the Men's Open doubles Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe Mc Cann the number two seeds. Antrim's Aisling Reilly received a bye into the quarter finals of the ladies open. Cork's Catriona Casey current All-Ireland champion was the number 3 seed while Westmeath's Aoife McCarthy also entered. Roscommon's Oisin Naughton in Men's A and Morgan Darcy
Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann won the Open doubles final with a great win over David Chapman & Emmett Peixato by 21-16, 21-18. Cork's Catronia Casey defeated Antrim's Aisling Reilly by 21-17, 21-12. The Men's Open was won by Luis Moreno who defeated Naty Alvarado by 21-6, 21-20. Moreno got a scare Clare's Diarmuid Nash in the quarter finals just edging it 11-5 in the tie breaker. Four Irish players entered in the singles even. In the Veteran 65+ Galway's Morgan Darcy had a great battle with Bruce Hendelman that went all the way. Darcy using all his experience claimed the title with an 20-21, 21-17, 11-5 victory. Roscommon's Oisin Naughton reached the semi-finals of the men's A to be beaten by the eventual winner Joe Leonis from California
HANDBALL - RESULTS:
Simple Green US Open Of Handball :
At: Los Caballeros, Fountain Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA:
Men's Open Singles (1st Round) (Round Of 32):
K. Carroll (IRL/Cork) bt D. Hernandez (USA/California) 21-1, 21-9
M. Mulkerrins (IRL/Galway) bt M. Dorneker (USA/Illinois) 21-2, 21-2.
S. Cooney (IRL/Mayo) bt R. Bowler (Canada/Ontario) 21-6, 21-6.
Men's Open Singles (2nd Round) (Round Of 16):
D. Nash (IRL/Clare) bt J. Iglesias (USA/Florida) 21-15, 21-9.
K. Carroll (IRL/Cork) bt A. Nett (USA/Minnesota) 21-6, 21-3.
Aaron Garner (USA/Oregon) bt M. Mulkerrins (IRL/Galway) 21-16, 21-14.
D. Fink (USA/Pennsylvania) bt S. Cooney (Mayo) 17-21, 21-19, 11-10.
Men's Open Singles (Quarter-Finals):
L. Moreno (USA/Arizona) bt D. Nash (IRL/Clare) 20-21, 21-16, 11-5.
Allan Garner (USA/Texas) bt K. Carroll (IRL/Cork) 21-11, 21-15.
Men's Open Doubles (Quarter-Finals):
D. Keegan & J. McCann (Mayo) bt C. Watkins & J. Bike Jnr. (USA/California) 21-6, 21-17.
Men's Open Doubles (Semi-finals):
D. Keegan & J. McCann (IRL/Mayo) bt N. Nahorniak (USA/Illinois) & T. Bastidas (USA/New York) 21-17, 18-21, 11-8.
Men's Open Doubles Final: Keegan & McCann bt Chapman & Peixato 21-16, 21-18
Women's Open Singles (1st Round) (Round Of 16):
C. Casey (IRL/Cork) bt T. Mehilos (USA/Illinois) 21-0, 21-0.
Women's Open Singles (Quarter-Finals):
C. Casey (IRL/Cork) bt B. Chandler (USA/Minnesota) 21-2, 21-0.
A. Reilly (IRL/Antrim) bt J. Kastner (USA./Oregon) 21-0, 21-4.
Women's Open Singles (Semi-Finals):
C. Casey (IRL/Cork) bt M. Mehilos (USA/Illinois) 21-13, 21-4.
A. Reilly (IRL/Antrim) bt T. Davis (USA/Arizona) 21-12, 21-1.
Women's Open Singles (Final): C. Casey (IRL/Cork) bt A. Reilly (IRL/Antrim) 21-17, 21-12
Veteran 65+ final: Morgan Darcy bt Bruce Hendelman 20-21, 21-17, 11-5
McCann's Golden Hands
Mayo's Joe McCann captured the Golden Gloves 40 x 20 Tournament in Belfast. It was his second major success in a week.
In the semi-finals McCann defeated Antrim's Owen McKenna while Dominic Lynch had a major tussle with Cork's Brendan Fleming and just got over the line in a terrific battle by 11-9 in the tie breaker. In the final with was McCann had that little bit extra reserves and he needed it to finally get the better of the battling Kerryman by 21=20, 21-17 in a great final. It was McCann's second major success in as many weeks. The previous week he won the U.S. National Open doubles title with Dessie Keegan in California.
Joe McCann (Mayo) dfts Dominic Lynch (Kerry) 21-20, 21-17
Barry Devlin (Tyrone) dfts Denis Creaton (Roscommon) 21-11, 21-11
Michael Sheridan (Meath) dfts Robert Fox (Meath) 19-21, 21-13, 11-7
Conor McDonnell (Monaghan) dft Jim Maguire (Antrim) 21-14, 19-21, 11-10
Gabhain McCrystal (Tyrone) dfts Pol Clarke (Tyrone) 13-21, 21-16, 11-9
Johnny Woods (Tyrone) dfts Eugene McGeough (Monaghan)
Jason English (Tipperary) dfts Stephen Smith (Cavan) 21-10, 21-5
Elise McCrory (Tyrone) dfts Leah Doyle (Kildare)
Lynch & Fitzpatrick Duggan Cup winners
Dominic Lynch & local hero C.J. Fitzpatrick won the 4th Annual Billy Duggan Memorial Cup held in Broadford Limerick. In a great weekend's action Lynch & Fitzpatrick got the better of Mayo's Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann in a great final by 21-13, 21-17
Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann dft Mike Carroll & Killian Carroll 19-21, 21-14, 11-4
Ger Coonan & Fergal Collins dft Vinny Moran & Brendan Fleming 21-19, 21-18
Darragh Daly & Killian Carroll (injury replacement) dft Damian Martin & Rikki O'Gara 21-16, 15-21, 11-9
Dominic Lynch & CJ Fitzpatrick dft Niall O'Connor & Niall Malone 21-12, 21-5
Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann dft Fergal Collins & Ger Coonan 21-18, 21-11.
Dominic Lynch & CJ Fitzpatrick dft Killian Carroll & Darragh Daly 21-16, 21-16
Dominic Lynch & CJ Fitzpatrick dft Dessie Keegan & Joe McCann 21-13, 21-17
She's Ace Handball Castlebar.
The Sportslann in Castlebar, as well as the surrounding Handball Clubs in Aughagower, Claremorris, Kiltimagh, Newport and Carnacon hosted the She's Ace handball 40 x 20 games on the Saturday 40x20. Overall 120 took part in the weekend's handball. On the Sunday the 1 wall events took place with new stars emerging. The event was all in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland
40x20 Final Results:
11&U:Amber Nolan dft Niamh Heffernan 15-13, 15-12
14&U:Ella Donnellan dft Eimear Ni Bhiadhi 15-6, 15-1
17&U:Fiona Tully dft Elise McCrory 12-15, 15-5, 11-4
Ladies Challenger:Michelle Warren dft Bairbre Ni Anli 15-4, 16-6
Ladies B:Sinead Ni Anli dft Ellen O'Connor 15-6, 15-1
Ladies Open:Catriona Casey dft Ciana Ni Churraoin 15-1, 15-1
One-Wall Final Results:
11&U:Mollie Dagg dft Mairead Fox 21-15
Mother/Daughter Doubles:Rose & Martina McMahon dft Cathy & Ciara Mullan
Mixed Team Event:Team Warren (Michelle Warren, Aoife Quinn, Doireann Murphy, Kara Owens) dft Team McMahon (Martina McMahon, Emma Lyttle, Laura Finn, Claire Reynolds) 5-3 tiebreaker
Ballaghadereen claim another club title
Ballaghaderreen club champions from Connacht claimed another club title when getting the better of Tipperary Club Ballina in the open final. Stephen Cooney set the Mayo club on their way with a win over Fergal Collins 21-8, 21-16. In the doubles Mayo powerhouses Dessie Keegan & Vinny Moran powered their way to a 21-8, 21-8 win over Michael Carroll & David Hickey. Joe McCann made sure the club title was going to be in Ballaghaderreen for another year with a win in the final singles. The Brackey club in Tyrone won a notable double in the Intermediate & Junior. Cork side Mallow won the Junior B title with a win over Carlow's Tinryland.
2013 All-Ireland 40X20 Club Championships:
Ballaghaderreen, Mayo (Dessie Keegan, Joe McCann, Vinny Moran, Stephen Cooney, Paul Flynn) bt Ballina, Tipperary (Fergal Collins, Ger Coonan, Michael Carroll, David Gleeson) 105-45
1st Singles: Cooney bt Collins 21-8, 21-16
Doubles: Keegan/Moran bt Carroll/Gleeson (Ballina) 21-8, 21-9
2nd Singles: McCann bt Coonan 21-8
Brackey, Tyrone (Shane O' Neill, Barney Corcoran, Conor Kerr, Barry Devlin) bt Coolboy, Wicklow (Jerome Willoughby, Pat Quaile, Keith Kavanagh, Gary O' Donoghue) 104-87
1st Singles: O' Neill bt Willoughby 21-10, 21-12
Doubles: Quaile/Kavanagh bt Corcoran/Kerr 21-9, 21-11
2nd Singles: Devlin bt O' Donoghue 21-17, 21-6
Brackey, Tyrone (Johnny Woods, Gabhain McCrystall, Pol Clarke, Conor McElduff) bt Kells, Kilkenny (Brendan Burke, Diarmuid Burke, Anthony Martin, Ger McGrath) 117-84
1st Singles: Woods bt Burke 21-8, 21-14
Doubles: Burke/Martin bt McCrystall/Clarke 18-21, 15-21
2nd Singles: McElduff bt McGrath 21-15, 21-5
Mallow, Cork (Ryan Harkin, Ken O' Neill, Darren Whelan, Ciaran Buckley) bt Tinryland, Carlow (Kevin Barrett, Barry Ramsey, Danny Deane, Martin Mullins, Aaron Geoghegan) 104-56
1st Singles: Harkin bt Barrett 21-12, 21-9
Doubles: O' Neill/Whelan bt Ramsey/Deane 20-21, 21-10
2nd Singles: Buckley bt Mullins 21-4
University of Limerick team Intervarsity Champions
St. Joseph's handball club in Wexford hosted the 40 x 20 team's Intervarsities. Over 40 players descended to the Wexford venue. University of Limerick took the major honours defeating UL's second team. U.L . reached 3 out of the 5 finals and accounted for half of the total attendance.
Catriona Casey and Martina McMahon University of Limerick captured the Ladies Doubles round robin event. In the final they defeated DCU's Aisling O'Keefe, and Niamh Farrell.
Open: UL1 (Shane Hayes, Killian Carroll, Colm O'Luing & Colin Corbett) dft UL2 (Kevin Mulligan, Paudi Quish, Pa Herlihy & Barry McMahon)
Open Plate: DCU (Terry McElvaney, John Walsh, Cian Ó Dálaigh & Aisling O'Keefe) dft UCD (Barry Nash, Tom Aird, Alan Armstrong &Naoise Greene)
B: UL1 (John Fitzgerald, Jacob Loughnane, Catriona Casey, Martina McMahon). Runners-up UCC (Araon Geoghan, Colmum Kearney, Fergal Lawlor, PJ O'Brien)
C: UCD1 (Dara Cloake, James Tobin, Conor Conway, Peter Harte) dft UCD2 (Brian Kelly, Kate Moran, Eleanor Buggy, Dianaimh Greene)
C Plate: UL (Bill Lyons, Sean McNeill, Conor Quinlan, Stephen McNicholas, Paul Gooney) dft DCU (Niamh Farrell, Marina Kilduff, Kyle Duff, Christopher English)
UL (Catriona Casey & Martina McMahon). Runners-up DCU (Aisling O'Keefe &Niamh Farrell)
Hope does " Offaly" well in Salthill
Salthill orgainsed their 2nd Annual 40 x 20 tournament. Over 55 players took part in the 4 grades. Offaly's David Hope from the Fahy Club was the big winner with a straight sets victory over Mayo's Ciaran Burke in the Intermediate singles final.
Intermediate Singles (Cup): D. Hope (Offaly) bt C. Burke (Mayo) 21-18, 21-16.
Intermediate Singles (Plate): J. O' Shaughnessy (Galway) bt F. Coughlan Snr. (Clare) 21-14, 21-12.
Junior Singles (Cup): F. Coughlan Jnr. (Clare) bt P. Hedderman (Limerick) 21-15, 9-21, 11-7.
Junior Singles (Plate): D. Creaton (Roscommon) bt J. Cawley (Clare) 21-9, 21-15.
Junior B Singles (Cup): D. Gleeson (Tipperary) bt N. McCartin (Roscommon) 21-16, 21-18.
Junior B Singles (Plate): L. Bradshaw (Tipperary) bt S. Lenneghan (Tipperary) 21-12, 14-21, 11-6.
Masters Doubles (Cup): F. Coughlan Snr. & J. Cawley (Clare) bt J. Brennan & J. Hennessy (Kilkenny) 21-14, 21-11.
Masters Doubles (Plate): E. Purcell (Kilkenny) & G. Flaherty (Galway) bt M. Darcy Snr. & J. Kellehan (Galway) 21-16, 8-21, 11-6.
On behalf of all handball players, supporters, officials, sponsors and their families I would like to wish everyone associated with G.A.A Handball a very happy Christmas and for a prosperous & sporting new year.
Obituaries friends we lost in 2013
Maurice "Mossy" Fitzpatrick. Father of Limerick & World champion C.J. of Broadford Co. Limerick. Survived by wife Esther, daughters Norma and Mary, son C.J. mother Mary, brothers Connie, Denis and Frank, uncles, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass at Broadford Church on Thursday January 10th at 12.30pm with Burial afterwards in Springfield cemetery.
Billy (The Captain) Tierney, Tuam, Co. Galway. Billy will be fondly remembered in handballing circles throughout Galway. Reposing at Burn's Funeral Home with removal to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam. Requiem Mass on Friday morning February 25th at 11am followed by burial in Tuam Cemetery.
Tommy O' Rourke, Ballymore Eustace Kildare father of Tommy O'Rourke Kildare Handballer and former World and All Ireland Handball Champion on January 28th last. Beloved husband of Rita and loving father of Eamonn, Kay, Olive, Jim, Pete, Tom, Ger, Kevin, Tony and Margaret. Sadly missed by his family, daughters-in-law, sons- in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at his home with removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymore Eustace arriving. The Funeral Mass on Thursday January 30th at 11am followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ballymore Eustace.
Máirtín Ó Cualáin of Teach Mór Indreabháin Co na Gaillimhe (Inverin on Saturday March 23rd . Father of Micheal Ó Cualain Inis Mór Handball club. Removal to adjoining church. Funeral Mass for Máirtín Ó Cualáin on Tuesday March 26th at 12. Funeral afterwards to Knock cemetery.
Mary (Myra) CAHILL, (née Dowling) of Marino, Dublin wife or former Handball president Niall Cahill on Friday March 29th last.Late of Monasterevin - peacefully, after a short illness at the Mater Private Hospital; Mary (Myra) beloved wife of Niall and loving mother of Deborah, Patricia, Philip, Niall, Veronica and Jonathan. Sadly missed by her loving family, her devoted 7 grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, extended family, relatives, neighbours, and friends. Removal from the Kirwan Funeral Home to the St. Vincent de Paul Church Marino with burial afterwards in Fingal Cemetery
Nora Hayes, of Cappagh, Co. Limerick, mother of Tony Hayes, former Handball President and Donal Hayes, Munster Handball Secretary. Funeral Mass on Saturday 6th April at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Kilcornan Cemetary.
Tom Walsh, Falcarragh Donegal. Former President of the Irish Handball Council from 1978-81. Requiem Mass on Wednesday 24th April at 12 noon in The Church of Christ The King, Gortahork. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Madge and family.
Kathleen Flynn, (nee Coleman) (Main Street, Collooney, Co. Sligo) on Wednesday April 24, (suddenly) at her residence; deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael former Trustee Collooney handball club, daughters Dervila and Aisling, son Michael, sons-in-law Kieran and John, daughter-in-law Stella, grandchildren Kaylin and Cathal, brother Francie, sisters Anne and Philomena, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Removal to the Church of the Assumption, Collooney. Funeral Mass Friday April 26th at 2 o'c. with Burial afterwards in St. Nathy's Cemetery, Collooney.
Stevie Madden, on Monday June 10th last after a long illness.Stevie was a member of the St Pauls Club in Belfast and won the following:
- 2 time All-Ireland Senior Singles Finalist
- 4 time All-Ireland Club Champion with St Pauls Belfast as captain of the team
- World Singles Champion (Mens B) 1994
- All-Ireland Intermediate Doubles Champion
- All-Ireland Junior Doubles Champion. Funeral Mass on Wednesday June 12th at 10am in St Therese's of Lisieux Church, 71 Somerton Road, Belfast.
Edward (Ned) English Snr, Father of Leinster Juvenile Secretary Eddie English. Reposing at his home (family / friends) in Barracore, Goresbridge from mid day on Thursday 27th, the funeral service & burial took place on Friday 28th June at 3pm in Grange Silvia Goresbridge.
John Quinlivan, on Sunday July 28th last Unexpectedly at the Regional Hospital Dooradoyle. Late of Cork Ireland. Deeply regretted by his sisters Ita and Kay, brother-in-law Gerry, nephews Jamie and Charlie, cousins, relatives and many friends. Funeral on Thursday August 1st after 11am Mass to Mount Saint Oliver Cemetery. John was a valued member of Ballina Handball Club and represented Tipperary in this year's Munster championship at Silver Masters B Doubles in which he was partnered by Brendan Ryan.
Ann Bourke, Hospital Limerick, Survived by son Ken, daughter Helen and families. Wife of the late Tom. Removal at 7pm to St John the Baptist Church, Hospital. Requiem Mass on Sunday 20th October at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Shaw. Sister of Antrim Handball Chairman Richard Murphy's passed away on 20th October. Her remains were brought to the Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road, Belfast. Funeral Mass on Wednesday 23rd October at 10 a.m.
John Donovan: brother of Seamus Donovan of Hospital Handball club and Paddy Donovan of Hospital/Laois Handball. John was also an uncle to Michael Donovan of Hospital/Laois Handball. His remains reposed in O'Learys funeral home in Hospital, Limerick from 5pm to 7pm on Saturday evening, the 2nd November, with funeral mass on Sunday 3rd November at 11am.