Ninth annual Hurlathon big success

On Saturday last we held our ninth Annual Hurlathon, and again it was a great day of fun and craic for all the family. The action got under way just before 10am with the under 8s, none of whom were born when we had our first Hurlathon in 2007. From 10am to 10pm it was nonstop action, fun and craic. As the sliothar flew about the hall there was some great displays of skill from young and old, as the action played out on the court all day, all supporters were treated to a cuppa and some goodies in the kitchen.

Thanks to all the parents who brought so much food to this year's event. As always everyone was fed and watered throughout the day. Over 100 people took to the floor throughout the day. Over the years some great traditions have developed on Hurlathon day, none more so than the Mothers' Match. This year saw the return to action of some former camogie greats in the form of Orla Winters and Andrea Gallagher and they showed they hadn't lost the skills of our great game. They were joined by Carmel McCadden, Katrina Daly, Tara Keenaghan, Aisling McGrath and daughters Orlaith Gallagher and Roisín Daly, and two very brave goalies in the form of the McCadden twins, Oisin and Eoghan. After a titanic battle the bragging rights went to Tara, Katrina, Orla and young Orlaith. Well done to all the mothers who were great sports to take part.

We then had another great battle where a Dads Army in the form of coaches Mike Lynch, Gregory Gallagher, Pauric Keenaghan, Peter Horan, Kenny McDonald and John Rooney took on a team of Young Guns laden down with county players Jamie Brennan, Ciaran Rami, Oisin Rooney, Brendan Gillespie, Stephen Connolly and Brian McHenry. Denis Daly took up the whistle to ref this game and despite some intimidation from the younger players he did a great job. The Young Guns took off at a great pace but forgot that it was marathon and not a sprint and Dads Army won out after a great battle 11-10. The night finished off with a replay of this game where the Young Guns got some small token of revenge winning by a goal, this brought us till after 10pm and the curtain came down on another great days hurling, fun and craic.

Thanks to all who helped on the day in the kitchen, and those who supplied food. Over the nine years we've had some great traditions none more so than Eleanor McCosker's soup and Shannon's Corner's Sandwiches which went down a treat again this year. Thanks to Kernan's Spar who again this year generously donated coffee, tea and milk for the day and William Doogan for all the drinks. Thanks to all the underage coaches who were present all day and kept the games moving. Coláiste Cholmcille have always been great supporters of this event and again we thank them and Sylvie Maguire for organising the use of the Mercy Hall, thanks also to Michael Donagher who again this year had everything sorted out in the hall for us. Annually this has been our main fund-raiser and allows us develop underage hurling in the club, but it's also a very important day socially for all our young and not so young hurlers and their families. Thanks to all who took part in this event, those who sought sponsorship and those who sponsored the competitors your continued support is much appreciated.

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