Seventh annual Hurlathon big success

Last Saturday saw the Juvenile Hurling Committee host the seventh annual Hurl-a-Thon in the Mercy Hall, and like all other years it proved a great day's fun for all. The under 8s and 10s were first in action taking to the floor just before 10am and from then till after 10pm it was nonstop action all the way. The sliothar flew around the hall all day and every game was vigorously contested, the young hurlers gave their all in every game. There was lots of thrills and spills as we went through the various age groups which the club fields at underage from under 8s through to minors. The last hour also saw adults taking to the floor where a team of underage coaches in the form of Dennis Daly, Michael Ayres, Peter Horan and John Rooney took on members of the recently reformed senior hurling team led by their manager Kevin Loughlin, Stephen Sheerin, Kevin McDermott and under 14 football mentor Alan Sweeney. After a great battle it was the underage coaches who came out on top by a goal. This game was followed by the annual appearance of the mothers in the guise of Tara Keenaghan, Rosaleen Cummins, Eleanor Rooney, Frances Drummond, Bernie Kelly and Margaret Peach who took on the daughters who included Sarah Drummond, Bronagh Kelly, Meabh Rooney, Stephanie Sharpe and Roisín Daly and as in the previous game it was shown that age is no barrier to skill as the mothers won easily.

Another constant since the Hurl-a-thon started in 2007 is the legendary hospitality of the mothers as everyone who were in the Mercy Hall was fed throughout the day and nobody was left hungry. The boiler was on all day and the sandwiches, buns cakes and other goodies went down a treat. All in all it was another great day for underage hurling enjoyed by all, when the sliothar finally stopped shortly after 10pm all present were exhausted the majority of those present had been on the go since before 10am but already they were eagerly looking forward to the 8th edition of the Hurl-a-thon to be held in 2014!

Thanks to all who helped to make this such an enjoyable day, especially all the underage hurlers who took part on the day, all the members of the Juvenile Hurling Committee, the ladies who manned the kitchen throughout the day, all the mothers who brought food and goodies in huge amounts throughout the day. This event is always well supported by local businesses and the Juvenile Hurling Committee really appreciate this support, we wish to acknowledge those businesses. Fred Ormston's Mace who, as always, provided bottles of water and crisps for everyone; Kieran Barron at Value Centre for all the drinks and goodies; Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner for her lovely selection of sandwiches; Eleanor McCosker at Centra for the soup which is looked forward to annually and Kernan's for their annual supply of milk, sugar and tea bags. Thanks to Brian Drummond and Tara Keenaghan for all their photography work throughout the day.

Thanks also to Colaiste Cholmcille for the use of the Mercy Hall and special thanks to Michael Donagher for all his help throughout the day. Thanks to all the underage hurlers and their parents, their coaches and supporters who went out in these difficult times seeking sponsorship for this event. There are a number of cards to be returned and we hope to have all in by the weekend when we will know what this event made. Whatever the financial total is there is no price that can be put on the enjoyment that is had by everyone annually at this event. Finally thanks to everyone who sponsored the competitors in this event your continued support for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh is much appreciated. We have 30 pictures from Brian Drummond up, while Tara Keenaghan also has a gallery of pictures up from the day that is well worth checking out.

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Last modified: Monday, 8 April 2013 at 10:18pm