Willie O’Leary 2014

The Willie O’Leary cup took place on Monday, June 23rd in Hollymount in lovely sunny conditions.

It was a brilliant days hurling and camogie, with a mixture of 50 boys and girls from Screen Curracloe and Castlebridge schools.  This is an annual event in memory of Willie O’Leary who was a great Shelmaliers man. 

The teams were mixed up with boys and girls and all played three games in the group stages, then all four teams played a final and a shield final.  The Presentations were led by Coaching Development officer Martin Doyle, the final won by Dylan O’Neill’s  team, as Dylan was presented with the Cup from Ross Banville (who was last year’s winning captain).  Ailis Neville led the team to reach the final and was also presented with the Girl Player of the game.  While in the Shield final Dara Malone received the Boy player and Hannah Hearne received the Girl player of the game.  Other special medal recipients were:  Sean Og Flanagan, Aodhain Byrne, Thomas O’Connor, Catie Byrne, Ciara Banville and Alison Doyle. A big well done to all involved.  Thank you to the teachers of each school in particular a special thanks to Amanda Bolger who is a huge driving force behind hurling and camogie in our schools and was involved in Rackard League.

Noel Feeney spoke on behalf of Coiste Na N’og and John Banville on behalf of St. Ibars. The day had many helpers, mentors, referees and parents. The big winners on the day were all the children and it is a day to pencil in for 2015. Shels/ Ibars Abu.  A special medal was presented to a very special versatile sportsman. He seems to excel at all sports; hurling, basketball, and gymnastics where he won 3 Olympic medals lately, so well done Kevin Kinsella, you are an inspiration.