Two Kilkenny GAA clubs in the one parish have agreed to work together and explore areas of mutual interest.
Mooncoin and parish neighbours Carrigeen are separate entities, but representatives of both clubs held a meeting last week to consider the future.
And after what was described as a good and cordial meeting in Carrigeen Hall, it was agreed that “possibilities for future co-operation between the two clubs” should be examined.
That the clubs even came together for a meeting was a major breakthrough in relations in a parish which has had two GAA clubs since the mid-fifties.
This first meeting was attended by representative groups made up mainly of committee members from both clubs, about 26 people, the ’People has learned.
Officials were remaining tight-lipped about the meeting, and what might have been the ultimate objective.
The coming together was initiated on the suggestion of Carrigeen, apparently, and was described as “exploratory”.
However, it was suggested that the talks will be on-going, nothing more.
Mooncoin GAA, which was founded in 1886, would be far and away the bigger of the two clubs.
It fields a full range of teams. Its main adult side was relegated from the intermediate championship to junior level last season, but it captured its first Roinn A hurling title since 1979.
Mooncoin are one of the biggest winners of the senior hurling championship, but the last of their 12 wins was in 1965.
They have excellent grounds and an indoor complex, plus an all weather pitch.
Carrigeen play at junior ‘C’ level, and only recently they announced the appointment of former great, John Leahy of Tipperary as their team manager for the new season.
They have all weather facilities as their Asper Park grounds, and they have a thriving under-age set-up that caters for boys and girls up to the age of 13.
Whether matters will progress far beyond this first meeting is unknown, but both clubs expressed general satisfaction with how things went.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny will open the defence of their National Hurling League title against Cork at Nowlan Park on Sunday (2pm).
The Cats will have just one more home game. This will be against All-Ireland champions, Limerick, on Sunday, February 17.
Brian Cody's charges will be away to Clare in Ennis (Sunday, February 3), Tipperary in Semple Stadium (Sunday, February 24) and Wexford in Innovate Wexford Park (Sunday, March 3).
There was joy unlimited for Dunnamaggin on Sunday when they won through to the All-Ireland club junior hurling final in Croke Park. They play Castleblayney (Monaghan) on Sunday, February 10.
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