Conahy: Looking forward to another intriguing tussle

HURLING - The intermediate hurlers came within a last minute goal of advancing to the quarter-finals of the Intermediate Hurling Championship as John Lockes struck with the final action of the game to secure a share of the spoils after an exciting game in St. John’s Park. Conahy, while undoubtedly disappointed in allowing the Callan men to snatch the draw from under their noses, will also draw great heart from a fine second half performance after struggling for the majority of the first. The Callan men were well on top in the opening exchanges, and were full value for their 0-9 to 0-4 lead at half-time. Indeed, the lead could have been more had a goal bound effort from John Lockes not hit the crossbar and was cleared. Conahy were a transformed team in the second half and quickly ate into the John Lockes lead. They scored some well taken points from play and the defence was far more assured. When a Paddy Mullan point gave Conahy a 0-15 to 0-12 lead, it seemed that victory was heading their way. However, in the fourth minute of injury time, a goal bound shot riocheted off a Callan forward back into the Conahy net to break local heart. The replay is due to take place this coming weekend in what will be another intriguing clash. TEAM: Andy O’Keeffe, Donal Brennan, Denis Kelly, Seamus Óg Brennan, Gary Kavanagh, Paul Buggy, Damien Webster, Michael Bergin, Gavin Nolan, Barry Murphy, Declan Buggy, John Wallace, Shane Brennan, Michéal Lawler, Peter Vickery.Sub.: Paddy Mullan.

HURLING - The intermediate hurlers came within a last minute goal of advancing to the quarter-finals of the Intermediate Hurling Championship as John Lockes struck with the final action of the game to secure a share of the spoils after an exciting game in St. John’s Park. Conahy, while undoubtedly disappointed in allowing the Callan men to snatch the draw from under their noses, will also draw great heart from a fine second half performance after struggling for the majority of the first. The Callan men were well on top in the opening exchanges, and were full value for their 0-9 to 0-4 lead at half-time. Indeed, the lead could have been more had a goal bound effort from John Lockes not hit the crossbar and was cleared. Conahy were a transformed team in the second half and quickly ate into the John Lockes lead. They scored some well taken points from play and the defence was far more assured. When a Paddy Mullan point gave Conahy a 0-15 to 0-12 lead, it seemed that victory was heading their way. However, in the fourth minute of injury time, a goal bound shot riocheted off a Callan forward back into the Conahy net to break local heart. The replay is due to take place this coming weekend in what will be another intriguing clash. TEAM: Andy O’Keeffe, Donal Brennan, Denis Kelly, Seamus Óg Brennan, Gary Kavanagh, Paul Buggy, Damien Webster, Michael Bergin, Gavin Nolan, Barry Murphy, Declan Buggy, John Wallace, Shane Brennan, Michéal Lawler, Peter Vickery.Sub.: Paddy Mullan.

BORD NA N-ÓG - The Finals of the 2012 Conahy Shamrocks Bord na nOg Street Leagues take place in the Polo Grounds, Jenkinstown on next Sunday afternoon, 21st October commencing at 2.00 p.m. However, this arrangement is contingent on the Conahy Shamrocks v John Lockes Intermediate Hurling Championship replay taking place on Saturday next and the Polo Grounds not being required on Sunday afternoon for a Kilkenny Club Championship tie. Parents are advised to check the Conahy Shamrocks web site www.conahyshamrocks.gaa.ie for any updates and any change in the arrangements for the finals will be notified to the three parish Primary Schools later in the week Conahy Shamrocks Bord na n-Óg would also like to invite all parents, GAA Club members and Conahy parish members to an End of Season Get Together to be held on Saturday 3rd November 2012 in Conahy Shamrocks GAA clubhouse. Music by ‘The Briars’ - make a note in your diary.

LADIES FOOTBALL - Conahy Ladies Football team travelled to Thomastown last Saturday week and participated in a blitz. The ladies played Thomastown A, Erins Own, James Stephens and Thomastown B. The ladies won three games and drew one. Credit is due to Thomastown for a well organised day. Next on the agenda for the ladies is The National Blitz in Portmarnock on this Saturday.   This is always a great day out and best wishes to all the players and supporters. The team’s Christmas party night also takes place on December 8th.

CONAHY HERITAGE SOCIETY - GAA players from the 1940’s, such as Paddy Harding, Shem Downey and others, will be guests of the Conahy Heritage Society, Thursday 25th October. The purpose of this gathering is to hear of their experiences while playing football and hurling for Conahy and the County, and what it was like then. One can relive and celebrate with them their achievements. Conahy had some great teams, many of the players sadly no longer with us, but their exploits are still spoken of. This is an opportunity to hear and meet these men and ask a few questions. The GAA is in a healthy state due in no small part to the contribution of those who were here before us. This meeting will be in the Club House in Jenkinstown at 7 pm. Thursday. Oct. 25. Please note earlier start time and location.

LOTTO - The numbers in the recent Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club Lotto draw were 4, 6 and 11. There was no jackpot winner so the consolation prize winners were Marie Claire Gamble, Patsy Cuddihy, Sean Cahill, Dan Byrne and John P Kenny. The promoters’ prize winners were Helen Cahill, Mona Dooley and Teresa Dollard. This week’s jackpot now stands at €3,600.

BOOK CLUB - The next meeting of the local Book club takes place on November 8th, in the GAA clubhouse. The current book is Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. All members are welcome.

BRIDGE - Conahy Bridge Club are organising bridge classes for beginners.  Mrs Catherine Brennan, CBAI qualified bridge teacher will give the 8 week course in Conahy Hall.  Classes will be on a Tuesday night from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.  If you would like to learn the wonderful game of bridge, or would like more information, please contact Catherine Brennan (087 4121913), Catherine McEvoy (087 6472395) or Mary Tierney (087 9955634).