Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes


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The Minor footballers started their league campaign on bank holiday Monday in Cuilbeg with an exciting encounter against St John’s. It what was a very open game of football were attacking play was the order of the day and goals proved to be the difference between the sides. Our lads started the game slowly and struggled to get hold of the game but by half time they were in control thanks to two well worked goals. St Johns started the second half the brightest and quickly eroded our advantage to the minimum. This sparked our lads into life once again as they struck five second half goals to finish the game off in our favour. Strong performances throughout the team were very encouraging and shows this team has great potential. Calym Malone, Tristan Gilligan and Eoin McCormack lead the side well throughout the game along with intelligent play from inside forwards Josh Gilligan and Orin Mitchell. The next game is at home against Geevagh / St Michael’s on Thursday the 29th. All support welcome.


Annual Club Social

Our annual Club Social took place on Saturday. A large crowd was in attendance to celebrate the achievements of 2017. Vice-Chairperson Seán Carroll welcomed everyone, congratulated the senior men and junior ladies on their success and looked forward to more progress by the club in the years to come. Senior manager John McPartland presented the League medals to the panel and announced Seán Murphy as Senior Player of the Year while Colm Scanlon received the award for Junior Player of the Year from Séamus Kilrehill. It was fitting that, for the year in which he received an All-Star that Kevin Banks was named as Senior Hurler of the Year. In presenting the award, Kieran Tobin also paid tribute to the club players who played in the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Final and looked ahead to the 2018 season with justifiable optimism. The award for Minor Ladies Player of the Year went to Éilis Callaghan and Kaela Kerrigan received the Most Improved. 2017 was a notable year for the ladies as they marked their return to the adult ranks with victory in the junior championship ten years after their previous title. One of the players in that team, Ruth Goodwin, captained the latest group to victory and was awarded Player of the Year. The medals were presented by Liam Loftus of Loftus Insurance.

The final award of the evening, that of Club Person of the Year, went to Cathal Martyn in recognition of years of service to the club in multiple roles from player to manager to club secretary.

After the formalities the crowd was entertained by Perennial Halt, a fantastic young band containing two of our own former players, Conor Mahon and James Coggins.



Our senior footballers began their season with an away tie against Drumcliffe/Rosses Point in the Kiernan Cup on Saturday 24th at 5.00. In a tight affair which saw our lads come back from a seven point deficit to level the match, they were eventually to lose out on a core of 2-15 to 1-14.


Under 16 Football

Our U16 boys footballer started their league campaign with a convincing 8-14 to 4-6 win over Castleconnor on Saturday morning in St Brendan’s Park. It was a very encouraging start with eight different players getting on the scoresheet. Cian Connell had a man of the match display in goals making a number of outstanding point-blank saves. Thanks to our U14 players for helping boost our numbers, they all acquitted themselves well.Team;

Cian Connell, Aidan Davey, Ryan Young, Orin Mitchell, Jack Murphy, Donagh Flynn, Oran McDonagh, Josh Gilligan, Liam Gilligan, Conor Keane, Sam McDermott, Cormac Henehan, Jim Henehan, Cormac Murphy, Jamie Kilfeather, Jamie Walsh, Oran McKirdy.


Ladies Football

Our junior ladies completed their Spring League with a trip to Collooney to play Owenmore Gaels. Fielding a very young inexperienced team, it proved to be a tough assignment. The girls started well with a point from Roisin Heneghan followed by a Joanne Irwin goal but the hosts then took control of the game and scored freely. The second half saw the girls continue to work hard with excellent displays from Aislinn Doggett, Roisin Heneghan, Sarah McCormack, Joanne Irwin, Lauren McGarry and Ellen Prior who scored 1-02. Their next outing is the first round of the league on April 15th. Team, Pamela Higgins, Kaela Kerrigan, Lauren McGarry, Sarah McCormack, Gráinne Redmond, Nadine Deering, Aislinn Doggett, Ciara Redmond (0-01), Éiolis Callaghan, Leah Kerrigan, Attracta Halloran, Joanne Irwin (2-00), Roisin Heneghan (0-01), Sarah Lindsay, Ellen Prior (1-02).



Cake Sale

The Ladies Football teams hold their annual Cake Sale and raffle on Easter Sunday. Cakes will be sold after Dawn Mass on Knocknarea, in Ransboro NS after 11.00 Mass and in Strandhill after 12.30 Mass. Cakes, buns, breads etc can be left into Ransboro NS on Easter Saturday from 6.00-7.00 and also from 10.00 on Sunday or to Mary Redmond in Strandhill. Please support.