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St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield GAA Newsletter

Issue 9 June 2013

Nuachtlitir-Naomh Sheosamh

Teachtaireacht an Cathaoirleach by choice not by necessity! They should be in a position to return to our country when they want to. We need them. To those of you who are about to leave or are away already and reading this online, I hope you have positive experiences that will remain with you for the rest of your life. Equally as a club and community we long for your return home to share the experience gained. Keep in touch with what is happening in the club on www.doorabarefieldgaa. com or on Facebook or Twitter.

The powers-that-be, need to have a serious look at the policies being implemented and followed in recent years as they appear to be relying on this drain of youth abroad to reduce unemployment. If this trend continues clubs and communities will beat a great loss as our young people are our life-blood. Our young adults should have the opportunity to travel but it should be

To all who continue to do Trojan work in our club whether it is in Senior, Minor, Camogie or Ladies Football or in any of our subcommittees well done and thank you. To those of you who are not involved please start now. Give it a go! Speak to anyone who is already involved and they will steer you in the right direction. On behalf of St Joseph’s Doora Barefield GAA Club I wish you a great summer and an enjoyable time with family, friends and club mates.

Bernárd Ó hAilináin Cathaoirleach [Berney Hallinan – Chairman]

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Already this year we have hosted the Hurley Hoey Run, had the Club Day which formed part of the Doora Gathering Event over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Thanks to all involved with a special word of thanks to Mary O’Halloran and all of Doora Barefield Comhaltas who provided entertainment for our Social Event Concert in Doora Church. We also had club representatives visit Aras anUachtarán ably led by our Club President Jimmy McNamara.


Activities at Gurteen are busy with senior and junior leagues at an advanced stage in both hurling and football with mixed results for us. The on-going movement of players to foreign parts for to gain employment is having a continuing impact on our club, as it is on all other sporting organisations. It is disappointing that there are no apparent signs of bottoming-out of this trend for more and more of our youth to move away. The impact of this drain of our much valued youth is having a negative effect on our families, community and club and needs to be halted as soon as possible. On one hand it is great to see our young adults having the opportunity to travel to parts of the world that I could only dream about but the gap that is left in our community and lives is massive.



ear members and friends, as I sit and write this for the club newsletter the sun is shining and every place is looking great. I hope it is still shining by the time you read this and that you have had a chance to enjoy it.

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With regard to activities at home congratulations to our underage teams who have won honours already this year details of which you will see inside this publication and well done to all who are participating in club activities in any shape or form.




he year started off with the re-election of Berney Hallinan as chairman and Donall O’Connor as secretary. Noel Stapleton was elected treasurer after Martin Coffey did not seek re-election. Brian Dilleen joined the executive as assistant secretary. The club again had adult teams at U21B and C in hurling, U21A football, Senior hurling and football, junior hurling A and C plus junior football. The ongoing development of the games and facilities was seen as a major challenge both in terms of the pressure on our club “volunteers” and the finances. The AGM highlighted the fact that the club was just about covering its expenses and that once again the “Parish Spirit” would be called on to increase the income of the club that serves and supports 59 teams. On the playing fields, it was decided to recruit David Greene of Galway as the hurling coach and this is proving most beneficial as his expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm is superb. Success will come through the whole hearted commitment of the players to training. The first competition of the year for the footballers under the management team for 2013 of Mark Rafferty, Kieran Kelliher, Eugene Moynihan, Declan O’Keeffe, Michael O’Sullivan and kitman Morgan Rowland was;

THE O’GORMAN CUP Last year the club contested the final of this competition and in the opening game of the year we defeated Lissycasey 1-9 to 0-12. This win did not look likely when we trailed Lissycasey by 0-10 to 0-3 at the interval. Played at Gurteen, St Josephs introduced new recruits, Adrian Fleming from Clooney-Quin; Meathman, Frank Sheridan and Philip Ryan from Tipperary. In our second outing we defeated Ennistymon in a very low scoring game 0-5 to 0-2. The winning run was brought to a halt when Cooraclare came to Gurteen and in a very poor game defeated us 0-9 to 0-4. It must however be remembered that this was our third senior game in 5 days. The same congestion forced us to concede a walk over to Kilmurry-Ibricken and this put us in a tie with Cooraclare for a semi final spot. However as Cooraclare were the winners of the head to head they went through and St. Josephs exited the competition.


by Seamus O’Sullivan

BRIAN CASEY SEVENS Top Four Finish for Footballers. St. Josephs 5-7 Kilmihill 1-6 St. Josephs 9-6 Kildysart 1-1 St. Josephs 0-2 Doonbeg 0-2. St. Josephs 3-6 Lissycasey 2-5 St. Josephs 1-3 Clondegad 1-6 The senior footballers reached the semi finals of the Brian Casey Sevens hosted by Lissycasey on Sunday June 9th. This was a most creditable performance that involved 5 games to reach the final. Great credit is due to the 12 players that gave up their day to compete and represent the club with pride and commitment. Credit goes to the management of Mark Rafferty, Kieran Kelliher and Michael O’Sullivan for their efforts. It must be remembered that the team left St. Josephs at 9.30am and finished in Lissycasey at 6.00pm. Well done for doing the club proud. St. Josephs in their 5 games scored 18-24 and only conceded 5-20 with all 12 players getting on the score sheet.


The group round involving, Kilmihill, Kildysart, Doonebeg and St. Josephs was played in Kilmihill with two teams to qualify for the quarter finals. In the first game Kilmihill was defeated 5-7 to 1-6 with Adrian Fleming accounting for 3-1 while Davy O’Brien and Mark Hallinan had the other goals. This was a great start and put the team in pole position facing Kildysart in the second game. St. Josephs really ran riot in this game scoring 9-6 to Kildysart’s 1-1. The goals came from, a brace each by Ivor Whyte and Eamonn Clohessy plus one each from Philip Ryan, Davy O’Brien, Cathal O’Sullivan, Mark Hallinan and Adrian Fleming. In a token match against Doonbeg, with both teams qualified, an honourable draw was secured that left St. Josephs group winners and facing Lissycasey 2 in the quarter final. This game was played at Freure and in a great game St. Josephs made it to the semi final winning 3-6 to 2-5. The scorers were, Ivor Whyte 1-2, Davy O’Brien and Ger Fannin 1-0 and 0-1 from Cathal O’Sullivan, Declan Malone, Adrian Fleming and Philip Ryan.


t Josephs always seems to face Kilmurry-Ibricken and so it was in this opening game of the Cusack Cup. This was a close encounter throughout but one that Kilmurry-Ibricken won by 0-9 to 0-7. St Josephs will however rue the missed frees in the 40th, 46th and 58th minutes. All were from very scoreable positions.. The second game saw us record a convincing 0-11 to 1-3 win away to Liscannor in what was a very physical game. St Josephs next faced the mighty Doonbeg at Gurteen.Added interest was focused on this game as Kieran O’Neill was now managing Doonbeg and St. Josephs were determined to maintain their recent superiority over them. Played at Gurteen the strong wind made it a game of two contrasting halves with St. Josephs managing just 0-2 when playing against it in that first half while Doonbeg could only manage 0-1 in the second. However St Josephs thanks to two great goals from Ivor Whyte and one from Cathal Duggan won on the score of 3-9 to 0-12. The scorers were ; I. Whyte 2-1; Cathal

Duggan 1-5; C. O’Sullivan 0-2, C. O’Brien 0-1. The good cup run was expected to continue when travelling to bottom of the table Miltown St. Josephs but in a very poor display we lost by 0-5 to 0-10. Eire Og who had not defeated us in two years were next up when they came to Gurteen determined to reverse those recent results. Victory for St. Josephs would have secured a semi final spot but Eire OG were the victors on a score of 0-10 to 2-8. Our 2nd last game of the cup was away to Lissycasey and defeat was once more our lot as we lost by 0-9 to 1-12. This latest defeat makes it critical that a win is secured against Ennistymon, to safeguard our Cusack Cup status. A notable feature of the football year to date is the absence of key players due to injury and county commitments. The focus for the coming weeks will be preparing for the first round of the championship against Liscannor.

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he Junior Footballers are also out of their cup competition after a mixed campaign. Playing in Division 5 they secured a hard earned draw with Cooraclare on the score of Cooraclare 0-13, St Josephs 2-7. Next up they beat Kilrush Shamrocks 2-11 to 3-4 but lost to visitors St Breckans by 2-10 to 2-13. Back L to R. Ivor Whyte, Adrian Fleming, David O’Brien, Eamonn Clohessy, Philip Ryan, Ger Fannin, Declan Malone. Front L to R; Martin Brooks, Cathal O’Sullivan, Mark Hallinan, Kevin Frehill, Paudie Nugent, Joseph Rafferty. This win saw the semi final pairing being, Lissycasey 1 versus Doonbeg and St. Josephs versus Clondegad.

score saw Clondegad advance to the final 1-6 to 1-3. The scorers were D. O’Brien 1-2 and C. O’Sullivan 0-1.

Played at Lissycasey’s main pitch, this was a close encounter. With both teams showing the effects of 4 games in the heat and sun, scores were hard to come by. St Josephs will wonder how they lost as they created umpteen chances at least 4 great goal opportunities were saved by either the body or feet of the Condegad keeper and the upright. The final

Every single St. Josephs player over the 5 games put in excellent displays and the team effort and spirit was inspiring.


This was a very well organised event and great credit is due to Lissycasey for the way it was conducted.

Just 24 hours after the loss by the senior footballers, the Juniors took on the same opposition and came away with the narrowest of wins over Miltown –St. Josephs. Fielding six of the players that had played some part the previous evening the visitors won 2-5 to 1-7, thanks to 1-1 from Frank Sheridan. The junior footballers travelled to Ballynacally and came away losers by the minimum margin of 2-9 to 2-10 following a good second half display. This loss makes it almost certain that St. Josephs will have no say in the promotion stakes.


he senior hurling management was entrusted to John Halpin, Christy O’Connor, Gerry Woods and coach David Greene. Sean Conroy was as ever the excellent and dedicated kit man. Training was and continues to be excellently organised and planned and is by any standard “leading edge”. The missing ingredient is that several

panellists are failing to support their team mates and attend on a regular basis the planned training programme. This must improve if progress is to be made in the championship. The first outing for the seniors was in the; (see overleaf)

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layed in very cold conditions at Gurteen, this was against O’Callaghan Mills. The hurlers had not played any challenge games in the build up to the game given the commitment to the U21 teams. O’Callaghan Mills won impressively on the score of 2-15 to 0-9 and the result reflected the lack of competitive hurling. Hopes were not high for the next game against Tulla but on a beautiful spring day at Gurteen, St. Josephs played with style and purpose as they romped to 3-11 to 0-8 victory. It was very encouraging to note that eight U21 players started the game and all contributed positively to secure a comprehensive win. Aaron Landy scored the two goals with Alan O’Neill and Ivor Whyte outstanding. The next outing was away to Scarriff and a very comprehensive win by 4-10 to 1-12 was secured. A whirl wind opening to the second

half saw Alan O’Neill add 2-1 and put the game beyond Scarriff. The scorers were; A. O’Neill 3-4 (2-2 frees); I. Whyte 1-5 (0-4 frees) and D. O’Halloran 0-1 St.Josephs next game was against Ballyea and they won by 2-14 to Ballyea’s 1-11. This excellent win at Clarecastle made it 3 wins in a row for the improving hurlers. It was an excellent team performance with everyone working hard and playing some good hurling. Each performance has shown improvement and reflects the improved commitment at training. The scorers were, A. O’Neill 1-10 (0.9 frees); I. Whyte 0-3; A. Duggan 1-0 and Leo Duggan 0-1. The great cup run was halted when Ruan won by 3-14 to 1-13. Ruan were deserving winners as they overcame the challenge of visitors who were seeking to make it 4 wins on the trot. St Josephs fielded five of the U21

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side that had lost the previous evening and certainly the exertions of two games reduced their impact. The scorers were, I. Whyte 0-10(6 frees); R. Connor 1-0; M.Hallinan 0-1, D. O’Halloran 0-1; A. Duggan 0-1. St Josephs returned to winning ways when they defeated Tubber at Gurteen on the score of 3-15 to 2-13. On a magnificent day for hurling, both teams played without several regulars but never the less served up a good sporting game of hurling. The scores came from, A. O’Neilll 1-7(1-3 frees); N. De Loughery 1-1; A. Duggan 1-1; P. Madden 0-2; L. Duggan 0-2 and 0-1 each, M. Rosengrave and Brian Guilfoyle. The team was; Paul Madden, Sean Mulqueen, Cathal O’Sullivan, Shamie Nugent, Eamonn Clohessy, Kevin Dilleen, Conor Lyons, Jarlath Colleran, Mark Hanrahan, Leo Duggan, Niall De Loughery, Brian Guilfoyle, Alan Duggan, Alan O’Neill, Mikie Rosengrave.



he junior management was once again, Eugene Foudy, Diarmuid O’Sullivan and kitman Sean Conroy. In their first game they defeated Ennistymon 1-10 to 1-7 in a challenge game. However their performances in the league have seen them reach the semi finals and only suffer one defeat along the way. Their record is;



Crusheen 3-17 St. Josephs 0-12.

his comprehensive win by neighbours Crusheen was fully deserved against a St. Josephs team that never got into the pace or physical demands of a championship game. The challenge for the team is to regroup, put the effort into training and deliver on their potential because this game did not do justice


to their hurling. No player really performed to their potential with the exception of the outstanding Brian Clancy at full back and the hard working Brian Guilfoyle at corner forward while David Conroy had his moments particularly in the first half. St Josephs had quite a young team that sported eight U21s and these are the future together with the more experienced players.

In the first round at Gurteen they defeated O’Callaghan Mills 0-13 to 2-3 with Barry Millane really turning on the style. Playing in the corner he registered no less than 0-5 in the opening 30 minutes. Sixmilebridge were next defeated 3-11 to 3-5. This victory was set up by a well taken goal from Leo Duggan while Brian Guilfolye added 0-7. The other goals came from Barry Millane and a second from Leo Duggan. The team remained unbeaten but dropped the first points when forcing a draw with neighbours Clooney –Quin19 to 0-12. The scorers were,B. Guilfoyle

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hristy O’Connor, Ken Kennedy, Alan Duggan and Michael Guilfoyle took charge of the U21 squads and hopes were high that these could win the title. No effort was spared and the turn outs at training were impressive. In the opening game St. Josephs showed their class with a comprehensive 0-22 to 1-7 victory over Crusheen. A brilliant performance by Alan O’Neill inspired this convincing win at Tulla. He contributed 0-9 with 0-5 from frees. The other scores came from D. Conroy 0-5; N. DeLoughery 0-3; B. Guilfoyle 0-2 and 0-1 each from L. Duggan, D. O’Halloran and A. Landy. In the semi final they faced Clarecastle and in a top class game David Conroy with two great points rescued a deserved draw of 1-11 to Clarecastle’s 0-14 The semi final was played at Ruan’s excellent field. St Josephs had very impressive displays from Alan O’Neill, Mikey Rosengrave, Brian Clancy, Kevin Meaney, David Conroy and Alan O’Neill. The scorers were; A. O’Neill 0-7(4F); D. Conroy, 0-4 (1F); D. O’Halloran 1-0 The Team was; Mikey Rosengrave, Darragh Murphy, Brian Clancy, Kevin Meaney, Conor Lyons, Jarlath Colleran, Eamonn Clohessy, David Clancy, David Conroy, Alan O’Neill, Donal O’Halloran, Barry Guilfoyle, Leo Duggan and Aaron Landy. Subs used were; Eoin Hanrahan and Seamus Nugent. However in the replay hopes were dashed when in another fine game Clarecastle won by 2-21 to 3-12. 0-5( all frees); A. Woods 1-0; L. Duggan 0-2; and 0-1 each M. Rosengrave and F. O’Sullivan. In the next outing away to Smith O’Briens a facile win by 2-28 to 0-8 was secured with the scores coming from, B. Guilfoyle 1-7; L. Duggan 0-6; F. O’Sullivan 0-5; B. Millane 0-4; N. Brodie 1-1; M. Rosengrave and A. Rodgers 0-2 each and A. Woods 0-1.

In the first half in particular the winners had the better of the exchanges and really had done their homework as they shackled the St. Josephs danger men of Alan O’Neill, David Conroy, Brian Guilfoyle and Niall DeLoughery. In addition Barry Duggan was proving a hand-

full at centre forward with his direct running at the St. Josephs defence. Clarecastle opened the scoring from a Duggan free that was quickly cancelled out. Mikey Rosengrave made two excellent saves while others to impress were Darragh Murphy, Brian Clancy, Eamonn Clohessy and Alan O’Neill. Scorers; A. O’Neill 3-5; D.Conroy 0-3; Niall Deloughery 0-2; J. Colleran 0-1; C. Duggan 0-1. Team was; Mikey Rosengrave, Darragh Murphy, Brian Clancy, Kevin Meaney, Conor Lyons, Jarlath Colleran, Eamonn Clohessy, David Clancy, David Conroy, Leo Duggan, Niall DeLoughery, Donal O’Halloran, Seamie Nugent, Alan O’Neill, Brian Guilfoyle. Subs; Eoin Hanrahan for David Clancy, Fiachra Touhy for Conor Lyons, Cathal Duggan for Seamie Nugent. So another U21 campaign ends in disappointment but credit to the players and management for their efforts. The U21C Team lost their quarter final to Parteen on the score of 2-5 to Parteen’s 4-11 This very young team with 12 minors gave a good account of themselves as they went down to a much stronger Parteen side at Ogonnelloe. The main scores came from Eoin Hanrahan and Seamie Nugent who contributed 1-1 each Ross McCarthy scored 0-2 and Anthony Devitt 0-1. Note this was a 13 aside competition The team was; Kevin Moloney, Sean Mulqueen, Steve Barron, Ciaran O’Halloran, Eoin Hanrahan, Kevin Meaney, Conor O’Brien, Seamus Nugent, Conor McInerney, Jason McNamara, Ross McCarthy, Alan Woods and Barry Guilfoyle. Subs used; Anthony Devitt, Paul Hallinan and Diarmuid Barron.

The vital win to secure a semi final spot was earned at Broadford on the score of 1-12 to 1-8. The scores came from, F. O’Sullivan 1-7; M. Hanrahan and C. Duggan 0-2 each and A. Rodgers 0-1. The only defeat of the campaign was suffered when losing away to Scarriff by 1-7 to 0-11. The team had lost Brian Guilfoyle, Mark Hanrahan, Leo Duggan and Aaron Landy to senior ranks and were without the injured Fergal O’Sullivan and Dermot Daly but yet performed with spirit. The scores came from, S. Nugent 1-0; B. Millane 0-3; A. Woods 0-2; 0-1 each B. Dilleen, J. McNamara.

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CAMOGIE Report President:

Brid Baker


Siobhan Hoey

Vice Chairman:

Liam Duggan


Colette Bohannon


Mark Reidy

Ass. Treasurer: P.R.O:

Ann-Marie McGann Orla Fawl

Child Welfare Officer: Mary Whelan Co. Board Delegate:

Mickey McNamara

We welcome the new camogie officers for 2013. We thank Trish, Ann-Marie and Michelle for their hard work and commitment during 2012.



by Orla Fawl


ulla Camogie Club hosted this tournament. There were 6 rounds with St. Josephs hosting the first round on April 7th against Sixmilebridge and Wolfe Tones and winning both matches. We next played Truagh, Bodyke and Tulla in Clonlara. Tulla were the better team on the day and won all their matches. We drew with Bodyke. Round 3 was hosted by Killaloe for St. Josephs, Broadford, Killaloe and Kilkishen. We won 2 matches and drew on the third. Round 4 was hosted by Clarecastle for St.

Josephs Crusheen and Kilmaley. We had one victory. In round 5 we defeated hosts Ballyea. In the final round at Eire Og we beat Crusheen but lost to Eire Og. There were 136 games played and we were placed in Division 1 Group 1. The playoffs were on the 22nd May in Tulla where we played Tulla, Kilmaley and Truagh. We did not qualify but every single girl played their hearts out. We thank the mentors, players,the Mammys and Daddys for your commitment in bringing the girls all over the country for this tournament.


n the 27th April we hosted the first blitz of the year. The teams that took part were Truagh, St Josephs, Crusheen and Inagh-Kilnamona. All the games were very close. Keep up the hard work girls, ye are little troopers!



ur U10’s had their first blitz in Corofin on April 6th. St. Josephs, Corofin, Ballyea and Tulla took part on the day. Our girls had victory in all 3 matches. Tulla hosted the next blitz on April 20th for Tulla, Ogonnelloe, St. Josephs and Ruan. We again won all three matches. St. Josephs will be hosting the next blitz in Gurteen, on the 8th June.

U11 Tournament: Back Row L - R: U. Ni Choileain, C & M Ni Chonnaill, E. Murphy, R. Kearney, H. Alderson, S. Clancy, A. Meaney Front Row: C. Barry, R. Dillon, A. Lenihan, A. Feighery, E. Towey, E. O’Keeffe, C. Meehan Missing from picture: N. Slattery, S. McAleer, S. O’Brien, S. Quinlan)



he mini league will run from 24th June 2013 to the 29th of July 2013. There will be 5 rounds to play. Round 6 will decide our place in the league. It’s very important that all our U12’s attend training on the Wednesday and Sundays. As soon as the U12’s league is over the U13 Championship will be starting up in August.


Some of the girls who took part in the U8 Blitz Back row Sophie Torpey, Avril Lillis, Niamh Hogan and Muireann Corry Front row Natasha Crotty, Isabel Barry, Emma Keane, Eileen Keane, Emily Barry and Grace Butler



he U14s have been putting in a lot of training matches since February, starting indoors in Gurteen Hall. Our championship started in early April and finished on 29th May with the Semi Final. We lost to Truagh Clonlara, Sixmilebridge, and Scarriff /Ogonnelloe, but had great wins over Inagh/ Kilnamona and Corofin and drew with Broadford. The team went from strength to strength as the competition progressed. Unfortunately Killeana in the semi final, were too strong and we lost 5-3 to 0-3. This team is well represented in the county scene with the following on the U14 Development

squad: Karen McMahon, Ciara Guilfoyle, Hanna Meaney, Aoife Shannon, Ciara Whelan, Mary O’Connor. The following are on the primary squad: Ciara Duggan, Shauna Power, Mary Kate Keane, Niamh McDonagh, Chloe Towey. The team is: Karen McMahon, Mary Kate Keane, Kate Dillon, Aine Moloney, Katie brogan, Ciara Whelan, Emer Hanrahan, Hanna Meaney, Mary O’Connor, Aoife Shannon, Ciara Guilfoyle, Leanne Meaney, Ciara Duggan, Chloe Towey, Keira Mc Grath, Laura Hayes, Anne Marie Flanagan, Niamh McDonagh, Niamh Ni Choileain, Shauna Power, Orlaith Quinn.

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U16 CAMOGIE U16A League/Championship will commence on the 19th June. There will be five rounds, with semi-finals on the 24th July and the final on July 31st. We will play Corofin in the championship on August 12th. There will be five rounds. The final taking place the end of October. U16 County Team Congratulations to Aisling McMahon, Megan O’Brien and Caoimhe Hoey and the Clare Panel on winning the U16 Munster Camogie Shield by beating Limerick in the final in Feakle on the 5th April. Mentors included our own Micheal McMahon and Ann-Marie McGann. Best of luck in the All Ireland series.



he management team consists of Eamon O’Loughlin (Manager) Rose Gormley (Trainer) and Tom Hogan (Selector). They played their first game away to Whitegate on March 3rd and won 5-9 to 2-3. Annmarie McGann made some fine saves in goals. Sarah O'Brien and Carmel Duggan were solid at the back. Louise Woods was exceptional at midfield scoring 1-7. Emma Dilleen scored 1-0, Aisling O'Sullivan 2-0 and Treas Wall 1-0. Other scorers were Catriona Hennessy, Roisin Kennedy. Killaneane /Tulla were defeated at Gurteen 1-7 to 2-3. Louise Woods at midfield scored total

6 points. Other scorers were Becky Devine 0-1 and Niamh O'Loughlin 1-0 Subs used were Karen O'Brien, Niamh O'Loughlin Jackie Woods and Michelle McMahon. Clarecastle/Ballyea proved too strong for us on a score line of 3-7 to 0-4. This resulted in a 3 way playoff for a spot in the League semi final between St Joseph’s, Killenana/Tulla and Clarecastle/Ballyea. We were drawn against Killenana/Tulla and won 4-6 to 0-4. Scariff/Ogonnelloe in the semi final at Bodyke won 6-5 to 1-4.

U18 CAMOGIE U18B Championship will commence on the 15th July against Ballyea. There will be three rounds with semi-finals on the 21st August and the final on the14th September U18 County Team Our minor girls Eimear Casey, Becky Devine and Orlaith Lynch were involved with the County team.

Intermediate Team –taken at Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi Final 2012 Back Row: Erinn Hennessy, Niamh O’Loughlin, Ciara Fahy, Orla Doolaghty, Carmel Duggan, Emer Casey, Catriona Hennessy, Aoife Whelan, Ann Marie McGann, Aisling O’Sullivan, Therese Wall. Front Row: Michelle McMahon, Aoife Lenihan, Aoife Cavanagh, Karen O’Brien, Louise Woods, Kim Moloney, Rebecca Devine, Aine Meehan, Roisin Kennedy.



Once again I have taken on the task of compiling our twice yearly newsletter and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. As you can see mighty work continues right across the spectrum of Gaelic games in the parish. 59 teams represent us and this takes huge resources in time people and money. My special appeal would be to ask you to support the club by joining the lotto. It is less than €2.00 a week and I think our young people are deserving of that support. The GAA club gives the best value of any club in the parish and the costs are just a fraction of those charged by other sporting bodies.

ENGINEERING The facilities in Gurteen are the envy of every club and organization but need money to be maintained and indeed developed. Join the lotto today and you could win part of that annual payout of over €32,000. The county board tickets are great value and you could be in with a chance to share part of the €80,000 prize fund. Sincere thanks to all contributed to this edition.

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he Minor club is in the thick of training and matches. The U6’s

and 8’s are in full flight with training on Wednesday


and Sunday

morning. The numbers have grown quiet considerably in the past numbers of years and the numbers of mentors have increased but will need more to keep the club growing. All mentors have filled out their Garda Vetting and have completed their child protection programme.

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The U10’s and 12’s are also taking part in the age group blitzes. These competitions are based on inclusivity were all kids get to take part in the matches and the priority focus is on having fun and enjoying the games. The U14’s hurlers are very much coming to the end of their competition, with the B team winning their county final against Kilmaley. The team consist of a few of the U12 boys and have shown great strength and determination to give a fantastic display on County Final Day. The 14’s A team are through to the semi final stage against Tulla/Bodyke. They hope to follow in the footsteps of the B team and go further in the competition. Doora Barefield had 6 boys on the county development panel which shows that hurling will remain strong in

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the club. They also took part in the Feile competition and were most unlucky to lose to eventual champions InaghKilnamona at the quarter final stage. The U16 Have not started up yet but are training every Wednesday evening as well as the Minor boys. The minor teams will be competing in the B and C competitions this year it will be the first year to field 2 teams at minor level.


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our U 14 team last year. Once again the merits of getting 2 teams out per age group is vital in ensuring participation for all of our club players.

he U14 footballers lost out in the final stages but have improved their standard and commitment and are progressing great in the championship.

The minor team have started training on Sunday morning and their first competition is to start end of July.


Doora/Barefield U 15 sevens team won the Clare A final Vs Cooraclare. During the round robin stages on Sat 18th May they defeated Lisseycasey and Clondegad. Then on Sat 25th they defeated Miltown comfortably in the semi final and went on to beat Cooraclare in the Final. Another successful day for our U 15 Ten a side football team. Traveling to New Inn Co. Tipperary on Saturday morning we arrived fresh and ready for the challenge. Our first game was against Aherlow from Co Tipperary and in hindsight was our toughest game. The half time whistle came with a narrow 3 point lead. Resumption of the second half saw Peter Collins continue to marshal Aherlows standout forward and with scores from Cian Murphy, Keith Shea and Maurice Nugent we ran out comfortable winners in the end. Our second game was against Waterford club Rathconnell. Played on an extremely small pitch we played against the breeze and hill in the first half. Again defensively Tom and Jack Hannon helped by Cian Barron and Jason Herbert held the Deise men to a low score. Up front scores from Kieran Mulqueen, Darragh Duggan and Graham Glynn kept the score board ticking over. In the second half we started with the aid of the breeze and some fantastic long range scores from Sean Murphy ensured a comfortable win.

Another successful day for our U 15 Ten a side football team. Traveling to New Inn Co. Tipperary on Saturday June 1st we arrived fresh and ready for the challenge. Our first game was against Aherlow from Co Tipperary and in hindsight was our toughest game. The half time whistle came with a narrow 3 point lead. Resumption of the second half saw Peter Collins continue to marshal Aherlows standout forward and with scores from Cian Murphy, Keith Shea and Maurice Nugent we ran out comfortable winners in the end. Our second game was against Waterford club Rathconnell. Played on an extremely small pitch we played against the breeze and hill in the first half. Again defensively Tom

and Jack Hannon helped by Cian Barron and Jason Herbert held the Deise men to a low score. Up front scores from Kieran Mulqueen, Darragh Duggan and Graham Glynn kept the score board ticking over. In the second half we started with the aid of the breeze and some fantastic long range scores from Sean Murphy ensured a comfortable win. Our last game was against the local side Rockwell Rovers. This young team had lost their previous two games, however they kept their fighting spirit and with the tight pitch pushed the Parish boys to the end. Some fantastic saves from Eoin Cambell kept the scores to a minimum for Rovers and again some great work by Cian Murphy, Sean Murphy and Maurice Nugent kept us slightly in front. With 3 mins to go and only leading by 2 points a bit of urgency was needed. As usual it was delivered by some powerful runs from defence from Tom and Jack Hannon which sealed a 6 point victory. Job done, 3 games won and off to the Munster Club Finals in Mallow.

U10’s in Tralee

Our last game was against the local side Rockwell Rovers. This young team had lost their previous two games, however they kept their fighting spirit and with the tight pitch pushed the Parish boys to the end. Some fantastic saves from Eoin Cambell kept the scores to a minimum for Rovers and again some great work by Cian Murphy, Sean Murphy and Maurice Nugent kept us slightly in front. With 3 mins to go and only leading by 2 points a bit of urgency was needed. As usual it was delivered by some powerful runs from defence from Tom and Jack Hannon which sealed a 6 point victory. Job done, 3 games won and off to the Munster Club Finals in Mallow next Sautrday 8th June where much tougher tests await. U 16 Div 3 team which competed in the County Final.Unfortunately we lost to a much stronger Naomh Eoin. However our lads played excellently all year winning 3 out of their 5 matches and securing second place in the competition. This is the second year in a row that we managed to get our second team to a Div 3 final following similar exploits from

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by Dervilla Moloney by Sharon Meaney


Dan Keane


Sean Lenihan

Vice Chairperson:

Ita Hanrahan


Liam Rahilly

Asst. Secretary

Maria O’Loughlin


Debbie Lenihan

Asst. Treasurer

Marguerite Phillips


Noreen Collins

Integration Officer:

Annette Reidy

Children’s Officer:

Martina Byrne

Mick Haran U14 Champions

2013 Committee 2013 has been a positive year so far with our hard working players & mentors. April saw the start of a new initiative “Gaelic 4 Girls” which aimed to provide an opportunity for girls who have not played football before to learn the skills over an eight week period in a fun and safe environment. 30 girls have been attending the programme in Gurteen on a Wednesday night coached by Treas Molloy, Liam Rahilly, John Torpey, Martin Lillis, Debbie Lenihan, Aoife Murphy, Noel Nagle & Joe Queally. The first blitz takes place on the 8th June in Ballingarry in CountyLimerick. Training finishes with a trip to Croke Park to take part in a Gaelic 4 Girls blitz. Hopes are high that many will continue to play with the Club by joining the current teams of skilled and enthusiastic players. The U12 team found themselves in the East Regional Championship Final for the third year in a row were they defeated Clooney-Quin. There are three teams entered for the Championship in Divisions A, C & D, with matches scheduled for the coming weeks. Maria O Loughlin one of the team mentors complimented both the girls and parents on their support

The U14 team narrowly missed out on a Feile place, losing to a strong West Clare Gaels team in the final played in Clarecastle. However they won the Mick Haran Tournament which was hosted by Éire Óg club. The tournament honours the huge service given by the late Sergeant Mick Haran to Éire Óg. The victorious team was made up by many of the younger players involved in the U14 panel. Mentors, Pat Hanrahan, John Power & Michael Meaney were delighted with the spirited show of these young & upcoming players.

Huge numbers of U-8’s and U-10’s continue to meet in Gurteen, with blitzes being scheduled through the summer. What is evident at the training is not only the improvement of skills but the great fun that all the girls have, thanks to the enthusiasm of mentors which include Treas Molloy, Liam Rahilly, Joe Queally, Catriona Davenport, Suzy Molloy, Brendan McAuliffe, John Torpey, Martin Lillis and many others who are always willing to give a hand. Contact any of the club officers for information.

On Sunday the 26th of May, the U16 team faced a strong Fergus Rovers team in the final of the B championship at Banner Pitch. While the teams had met before, with Doora Barefield coming out on top, it was still a very close game with only a point between the sides at the interval. In the second half St. Josephs had the upper hand, through great scoring from Aislinn Meaney, Orla O’Reilly, and Vanessa Meaney, with the final score of the match coming from captain, Caoimhe Hoey. It was a great team effort, which resulted in a comprehensive victory. Congratulations to the girls and management, on a great win. Caoimhe Hoey accepted the silverware. The mentors were Kieran Kelleher, Pat Kearney & Trudy Davenport. This was a great result for a committed team.

Catriona Davenport has been busy off the pitch as well, managing the new Facebook Page for the Doora Barefield Ladies Football Club. Check out the new Facebook Page, which is filled with match reports, photos and details of what is happening on and off the pitch! www.facebook. com/doorabarefieldladiesfootball

The Junior Ladies are eagerly awaiting the start of their Championship with training ongoing. Paul Conway, Joe Casey & Adrian Laws are the mentors of this team.

The clubs continued success can be attributed to not only the skill and passion of our young players, but also to the ongoing commitment and enthusiasm of our dedicated teams of mentors, trainers, supporters, parents and committee members who continue to work to enable the girls to enjoy the benefits of playing in the fastest growing sport in Ireland. The committee would like to formally acknowledge all and thank them for time, enthusiasm and support. We wish all the players, mentors, supporters and parents a great summer and we look forward to seeing you at the side of the pitch!!

The mentors are Maria O Loughlin, Liam Rahilly, Debbie Lenihan, Noel Nagle and Shay Norton. The U14s entered a team in both the A and C Divisions. Both teams have started the season with great promise. The matches continue with the players and mentors delighted with the ongoing support shown at games home or away. The teams are mentored by Pat Hanrahan, John Power, Michael Meaney, Maria O’Loughlin & Treas Molloy.


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he club ran a very successful threeday Easter Camp, from April 3rd-5th, in Gurteen. Over 90 kids attended and it was a huge success. Three good days of weather made the event even more of a success and the numbers were extremely impressive for that time of the year. The camp was organised by Christy O’Connor and Anthony O’Halloran. Peadar O’Loughlin was a hugely important presence and organiser that week while the camp was overseen and ran by club coach, Sean Duggan. In total, there were ten coaches present, all of whom were Doora-Barefield club members, seven lads and two girls. Sean Duggan & Mike Guilfoyle

Hurling, football, camogie and ladies football were all catered for. The age groups of the

by Christy O’Connor

children who attended were, between, 6-13. For the third year in a row, the club plans to hold a summer camp on the week of August 19-23. Numbers have exceeded 130 on the last two years so a similar figure is expected again this year. After the success of the Easter camp, those figures could be even higher. In his role as club coach, Seán Duggan has had another very successful year. In his coaching brief, all elements of coaching are covered, ranging from speed, flexibility, throwing, jumping. In the last two years, participation numbers from under 6-10 have also increased by huge volumes in both hurling and football. Those figures show the benefit of Sean’s input, while also highlighting the strengthening of the link between the club and the schools.


By Cillian Griffey

With the Gaelic Athletic Association embracing information technology by the recent introduction of the HawkEye technology, the same forward thinking is evidently permeating down through to the clubs. The core aim of HawkEye is the elimination of controversy over contentious points. It will also act as a valuable aid to match officials and referees. Likewise in our Club, we all have an important role to play in the publicity, supporting and reporting of our games. At a Clare GAA County board meeting last February, Lisa Clancy, Director of Communications with the GAA cited our use of our website, Facebook and Twitter platforms and heralded them as the prime example of how best to utilise the social media tools at our disposal.

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In relation to the Club’s website, www., we have seen a year on year increase in traffic on the site and obviously increasing during the summer period. We have increased the promotion of our games by regularly updating the fixtures section but also for major games and events we have started to publicise the match fixtures to make the advertising of the match as eye catching as possible. Monthly visits to the site are up by 500 on last year. In all there were 1251 visits to the site last month and the top countries the traffic was coming from was Ireland, the UK and Australia. Our Facebook page recounts a similar story with a 17% increase in likes on the page increasing to 412. The largest reach went to an article and photographs from the Minor Club Presentation evening. What was also interesting was the increase in visits to the page from America. I attribute this to the successful visit to Gurteen by the 80 strong Phoenix delegation, which included the Deputy Mayor. The Hurley Hoey 10k and the Club Day Gathering also brought huge attention to the club and these events are all very important in the positive light the club is seen in not just locally but internationally as well.

followers from the last newsletter going to print. I have seen more and more Clare clubs becoming more active on twitter and it lends itself to a successful use of sharing information and useful instant match updates. We hope to get a live twitter feed on our website soon because we recognise thatembracing new technologies is a crucial link to people worldwide and it is paramount, now more than ever, that we as a Club engage online with the Irish Diaspora.

Finally our twitter handle @ doorabarefield has seen an explosion of activity with an increase of 124% extra


ANSEO is An suid

In 2012/2013 Seamus Nugent, Eoin Sexton, Conor O’Brien, Ross McCarthy, Conor McInerney and Colm Fitzgerald starred with Rice College in the Senior B colleges championship. While on the Flannan’s senior football Corn Ui Mhuiri team were David Conroy, Conor O’Brien, Eoin Hanrahan and Brian Guilfoyle.

and Seamus O’Sullivan while Berney Hallinan and Cillian Griffey attended the special Munster development seminar in Killarney on Feb 9th. •

Noel Stapleton replaced the retiring Martin Coffey as club treasurer and Brian Dilleen joined the executive as Assistant Secretary. Bernard Keane was again elected as County Treasurer and Seamus O’Sullivan was on the county fund raising draw committee.

Alan O’Neill was a regular on the Clare Senior hurling panel as a wing forward and full forward.

Steven Collins, Ivor Whyte and Cathal Duggan were on the Clare Senior football panel.

Congratulations to Dan O’Connor who once again will serve on the county hearings committee.

Alan Duggan is a member of the Clare Intermediate and U21 back room teams while Fergie McDonagh is a member of Davy Fitzgerald’s team.

It was great to see Alan O’Neill win his first inter-county senior trophy as a member of the Clare Senior Hurling team that beat Tipperary 1-21 to 1-13 in the Waterford Crystal Cup final.

Jarlath Colleran starred at mid field for Clare against Waterford Intermediates

Cathal Duggan contributed to the Clare Senior footballers win over Leitrim.

In the Clare people football team of the year for 2012, Ivor Whyte, Kevin Dilleen and Cathal Duggan were selected while Cathal O’Sullivan, Declan O’Keeffe and Steven Collins were nominated.

Belated congratulations to Jamesie O’Connor who was a member of the back room team that saw Munster win the Martin Donnelly railway cup hurling.

The delegates to county convention were; Berney Hallinan, Cillian Griffey, Joe McNamara, Dan O’Connor, Pat Frawley

Congratulations and good luck to our renowned referee and club stalwart Fergus McDonagh as he and Anne McNamara get

married on Saturday 16th Feb. Go n-eiri libh. •

It was wonderful to see the parish honour two great club officers, Mikey McNamara and Berney Hallinan for their services to the community and parish. Well deserved and well done.

Congratulations to Enda Lyons who won an All Ireland medal on Sunday. He scored 1-3 as Warwickshire beat Longford in the Lory Meagher final.Well done Enda.

Congratulations to Christy O’Connor who won a McNamee Award in 2013 for his 2011 report on Stephen Lavin and Limerick. Limerick’s struggle to make the breakthrough in the Munster championship is mirrored in the personal journey of Stephen Lavin through ten years of frustrated effort, culminating in qualification for the All-Ireland quarterfinal last August – and recounted in The Sunday Times by Christy O’Connor.As well as being a respected writer on GAA affairs, Christy is also a successful author, as reflected in the widespread commendation for his latest publication ‘The Club.’ The combination of high quality writing for which he is renowned and the narrative of Lavin’s personal quest for success make him a deserved winner.

The Parish Unites in Mourning Margaret Duggan.

Shock was the feeling that over took the parish with the unexpected passing of Margaret Duggan on Thurs April 11th. In recent times the club has seen a number of great supporters pass to their eternal reward but Margaret’s death had a numbing effect. It was an extraordinary and deserved tribute to her and the Duggan family that such huge numbers turned out to her home, the Church and Templemaley on Saturday and Sunday. The number of stewards who helped manage the approaches to the Duggan home, the guards of honour at both the


Church and Templemaley were all evidence of the esteem in which The Duggan family are held. It was inspiring to witness the huge numbers of young Camogie players that participated. All the parish clubs including the Senior, Minor, Camogie and Ladies Football were represented by officers, players and mentors. The club extends its sympathy and support to Liam, Michelle, Niamh, Ciara and indeed all the extended Duggan family and prays that Margaret rests in peace in the company of her cherished Sinead. Guiomis solus De uirthi.

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HOEY/HURLEY 10K a Huge Success. Over 1500 adults and 800 young people took part in the inaugural Hoey/Hurley 10k charity event that was blessed with wonderful weather and brilliant organisation. Credit must go to the organisers led by Chairman Lorcan Hassett for what was by any standard a superb piece of organisation. The secretary to the committee was Francis Hurley and in charge of finance was Seanie McMahon. Eoin Conroy was the media expert with John Hoey the chief marshal However there were many, many others that made this the success that it was. The parish salutes the 150 volunteers who worked so tirelessly on the Friday and Saturday and a special word for the catering committee- they were

awesome. The hours and weeks of work was well worthwhile. Over 15 counties were represented and were most complimentary to the organisation and to the St. Josephs facilities. We are so lucky to have Gurteen. The day also saw the diaspora taking part with Sarah Hoey organising 90 runners in Sydney and groups also taking part in the UK. Thanks to Tom Garvey for the use of his field for parking. Simply put it was a mighty gathering that brought united the parish and demonstrated the wonderful spirit and pride that makes Doora - Barefield a great place to belong.

GURTEEN Hosts Senior Scor County Final.

The County Board requested the use of the restaurant area for the county finals of Senior Scór at the end of March and this marked a first for the facility. Dan O’Connor, Seamus O’Sullivan and Brian Dilleen had the place in great order for what turned out to be a most disappointing event. Only 3 clubs were represented and these had only one item each. Anne Hayes the county secretary of Scor and the new Irish Officer of the Board expressed her frustration and thanked St. Josephs for their efforts and use of Gurteen. Refreshments and a tour of the building were enjoyed by all.

CLUB DAY a Huge success Over 600 people enjoyed the St. Josephs Annual Club Day at Gurteen organised by the club PR committee. The day featured a wide range of hurling, football, camogie and ladies football games embracing all ages from U6 upwards. Featured also were hurling accuracy were, players targeted hanging hurleys and tyres, solo running in hurling and football plus long puck competition.

formers greats of the 80s and 90s participate with the current players, in a most enjoyable game broadcast by Eoin Conroy. Indeed Conroy’s unique style added greatly to the occasion. The National Anthem was sung at the commencement by Joe Keary and Caroline O’Connor and a moment of silence was observed for the departed members and friends of St. Josephs Doora-Barefield. Ann Cronin was on standby to play the anthem.

The 4 bouncing castles were in full use over the 3.5 hour event that also included potato picking and face painting.

Fergie McDonagh refereed the game and the cup was presented to winning captain Jamesie O’Connor by Siobhan Hoey.

An excellent barbecue provided by YUM Catering was enjoyed by all while visitors were treated to a quality range of snacks, buns and cakes in the kitchen.

The club day was a part of the 3 day parish gathering weekend.

The Hoey Hurling Cup final featuring two teams from the parish saw many of the

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Special thanks to Berney Hallinan and the excellent Helen McQuillan for the photos of the day


AMERICANS Invade Gurteen St Josephs facilitated a visit to Gurteen by the 80 strong Phoenix delegation. The visit to Ennis marked 25 years since the twinning and the St Marys Catholic school band were the star performers at the annual parade. Chairman Berney Hallinan welcomed the guests that were led by Councillor Johnson and Paula West the chair of the Phoenix sister cities committee. Berney outlined the parish roots of the GAA and the voluntary ethos of the organisation. He presented a jersey and history book to the school and a history to the City of Phoenix. TJ Waters the chair of the Ennis committee initiated the visit and the Go Gaelic company introduced the

visitors to the history and basic skills of Gaelic games. The visitors practiced their gaelic skills in the Hall and outside on the pitch. The visit was a significant event in the Gathering calendar. An excellent meal including Irish Stew was served by the Sherwood Inn. The 3 hour event was a huge success and the restaurant was decked out in the national colours and looked resplendent. The visitors were lavish in the praise of the facility. The club team who had the place in great shape included Michael McMahon, Peadar O’Loughlin and Seamus O’Sullivan. The club shop was open and Brid O’Driscoll was in charge.

HALL & ASTRO turf facility

by Michael McMahon

Astro turf bookings tend to fall off for the summer months also, though a few teams of older members continue for the entire year.




Dan O’Connor

h Sh eo s a om


There has been general satisfaction with

A special word of thanks goes to those who use it and who always treat it with great respect.


A new feature we have noticed recently is the use of the facilities for childrens’ parties. We have had Communion parties and birthday parties on a fairly regular basis recently. We make the astro turf available, and should the weather not be friendly, the hall can be used. Parents arrange for food and serve it in the cafeteria.

I want to thank all the committee members and to all who help out, Dan O’Connor, John Joe Burns, Noel Stapleton, Breda O’Driscoll, Maria O’Driscoll, Tom Duggan. Astro Turf supervisors : Ml Nealon, Jimmy Mc Namara, Ml Carmody, Bernie Hoey, Noel Stapleton, Gerry McNaboe, Robert Hurley, Peadar O’Loughlin, Joe Dilleen, Dan O’Connor and Dan Keane.


Michael McMahon

Meetings of various kinds are catered for and the cafeteria is still extensively used for after match refreshments, especially when we’re hosting visiting teams.

We would like to host gatherings in the hall, plays, concerts etc but the acoustics would not facilitate this at present. We would hope to progress to that stage in time.


Activity in the hall is much reduced, but there are, the weekly basketball sessions, some coaching activity, weekly visits from Bros of Charity, Lifford Academy and Knockanean N.S. every Thursday.

this arrangement, especially for boys and for a contribution of €50 to the funds everybody is happy.


This is a very quiet time for indoor facilities as one would expect.

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SOCIAL INITIATIVE ACTIVITIES. By Seamus O’Sullivan coordinator

Two significant events have taken place this year. The first was an excellent concert organised by Mary O’Halloran of the DooraBarefield CCE and presented in the wonderful setting of St Breckan’s church in Doora. The 90 minute show involved over 20 artistes

all of whom had won at county, Munster and many at All Ireland level. The majority of the participants were from within the parish. The concert coincided with the Parish Gathering weekend and the Doora Church 175 celebrations. Over 100 people attended.

The second event was a State Visit by our President Jimmy McNamara to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin. The official report is as issued by President McNamara’s office.

President McNamara Makes Official Visit to Aras an Uachtarain.

details were exchanged. Comment was also made on President McNamara’s 80th birthday celebrations. President Liam O’Neill of the GAA was also in attendance. Peadar O’Loughlin took the official photographs and this emphasises President McNamara’s commitment to minimising costs. President McNamara has invoked the official secrets act and details of confidential discussions are embargoed for 10 years including any references to Mikey’s hurling exploits in London.

President Jimmy McNamara escorted by his security team of Mikey McNamara and Peadar O’Loughlin represented the club and county at an official visit to Aras an Uachtarain on Thurs May 30th. President McNamara conscious of the economic times kept his security team to the minimum of just two people. However both Mikey and Peadar were experienced and at all times were alert to any dangers facing the President.

to the visitor car park before entering Aras an Uachtarain. A tour of the state rooms was provided followed by refreshments. Later the party was introduced to President Michael D. Higgins but no details of the discussions were released. Insiders suggest, but this cannot be verified that Doora-Barefield lotto

The party again stopped off on the return journey at junction 14 where an informal dinner was enjoyed. On return to his official residence in Roslevan a debriefing session was held in The Grove. It was a relief to the citizens of the parish that the party had returned safely and without incident. A truly memorable visit and St. Josephs Doora Barefield was just one of 4 clubs from Munster involved.

The official driver was Dan O’Connor who was highly experienced in coping with high speed situations and operating in limited spaces. The Presidential party amid minimum security made an unscheduled stop for breakfast at Junction 14 where the advance party led by Deirdre Rafferty had already assessed the venue. Mikey McNamara carried out a detailed assessment of the food facilities, quality and other amenities before allowing the President to partake. Security was tight at the Aras but with all documentation correct the party proceeded

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GAELIC GAMES in Barefield National School (by John Burns)


aelic games hold a special place in our school life. Teachers provide a myriad of opportunities for pupils to develop their Gaelic skills as well as their love for, and enjoyment of the games. Having won their division last year, the Barefield boys hurling team continued to make good progress this year. The hurling year started with the third and fourth class indoor hurling competition. They lost to Kilnamona at the Quarter-Final Stage.

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ge agus Tioc faidh

Galway Senior Hurling Championship and a historic All Ireland club championship title in Croke Park on St Patrick's Day. Sean Duggan our St. Josephs’s club coach deserves tremendous appreciation for the dedicated and wonderfully inspiring work throughout the year.

The School was defending the I.N.T.O. County title. The team made good progress in March before losing to Ruan in the group stages. The main Cumann Na mBunscoil hurling competition is underway and the team has recorded victories over St. Aidan’s and St. Conaire’s,but lost to Ballyea and Kilmaley. The internal school hurling league which will take place shortly for the Frank Burns’ Memorial Trophy. The footballers are in Division I following promotion last season. They competed with Knockanean, Ennis National School and Cratloe. The failed to progress beyond the group stages.

Barefield National School Football Team 2012-2013

The I.N.T.O seven aside football team performed really well but did not make it through to the semi-finals. The camogie players returned to training in January. The girls from 4th and 5th classes trained at lunch time for the indoor competition which was held in the C.B.S halla on Thursday 24th of January. The girls recorded victories over C.B.S and Connolly but were defeated in their final game against Inch. Girls from 5th and 6th classes train outdoors every Tuesday from 3pm. to 4pm. The girls travelled to Clarecastle on Monday 29th of April for the I.N.T.O Mini 7s competition but did not progress to the next stage.

Barefield National School Hurling Team 2012-2013

Having won the division 4 title last year, the girls are now taking part in division 3. The Cumann na mBunscoil games commenced on the 16th of May against Kilmurry. The girls were unfortunate to lose by two points. The camogie team travelled to Sixmilebridge again on Monday 27th of May and defeated Stonehall N.S. They next play Broadford and Scariff. The top two teams will progress to the semi-final stage. The Senior Girls football team began training last September with a panel of about 40 girls. In the first round of the Cumann na mBunscoil competition they beat Tulla and then to drew with Quin. They reached the final in Clarecastle with a narrow win over Ballyea. Tulla were the opponents and in an enthralling game Barefield girls won the title. The girls also took part in the MiniSevens blitz and reached the finals with Knockanean, Miltown, Cratloe and Lissycasey. Knockanean were impressive winners on the day.

Barefield National School Camogie Team 2012-2013

The latest G.A.A. initiative in the school this year is in the area of handball where between thirty and forty children were involved each week in the school hall. Indeed throughout this year many teachers willingly and enthusiastically provided extra –curricular mentoring in Gaelic Games. An undoubted highlight for the school this year was provided by second class teacher Mr Robert Murray who had captained St. Thomas’ Hurling Club to their first ever


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GAELIC GAMES in Knockanean National School Report from Gaelic games play a huge part in the life of Knockanean National School, always resulting in a busy last term. Hurling training is ongoing after school most evenings for different classes. These training sessions include some interesting drills such as the 30 second challenge, the 8th pillar challenge and the first touch challenge. On Friday evenings, boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th travel to Gurteen for Hurling and football training. Work is underway with our own school pitch and we

hope to have it ready for September.

the school in Croke Park in August/September.

The school enters all the CumannnamBunscol competitions and all our teams are currently in the middle of their respective competitions. Earlier in the term our boys hurling and football teams reached the finals of the mini 7’s competitions, but lost out narrowly. Our girls 7 a side football team went one further and won the Clare mini 7’s final, defeating Milltown by a point. As a result Ciara Lane from 6th class will now represent

The following pupils were chosen to represent the school in the primary game: Camogie: Mary Kate Keane, Girls Football: Edel Williams, Boys Football: Ronan Lanigan and Hurling: Ben O’Donnell. Many thanks to Sean Duggan for his excellent work with the classes on Thursdays and to Mr Forde and John Corbett for all the work they do in promoting Gaelic games in the school.

Colours Day at Knockanean National School- all pupils wore their county or club jerseys

Girl’s Mini-Sevens Gaelic Football Champions

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by Seamus O’Sullivan

1993 was a very special year for the club as titles were won in hurling and football at both adult and under age level and in Scor the club added County, Munster and All Ireland titles. The officers leading the club at senior level were Mikey McNamara, John O’Connor and Mark Reidy. Leading the minor club were, Michael McMahon, Joe Conlon and Niall McDonagh while in charge of Camogie were Mikey McNamara (double jobbing), Aine Duggan and Sean Duggan. On the playing fields the minor club added the U14A title by beating Eire Og 0-8 to 0-6. This was the third year in a row that the club had won this title and the coach for all three wins was the excellent Brendan Mullen. Paul Mockler and Jackie Morris were selectors. Outstanding on the team were Colm Mullen, R. O’Halloran, Seamie Howard, J. Flynn, David Morrissey, Martin Brooks and Declan Malone The club had to wait 10 years for the next win in this grade when the winning team was captained by Ivor Whyte to victory over Kilmurry-Ibricken. At adult football the club won the Junior A football title by defeating Kilkee 0-14 to 1-7. They completed the double by adding the Geraldine Cup title after defeating KilmurryIbricken 1-6 to 0-5. The inspirational; captain was Ciaran O’Neill. Martin Coffey was the manager along with Paul Mockler and Sean Baker. They overcame Sixmilebridge, Cooraclare and Doonbeg to reach the final against Kilkee. Stars of the team pictured were, Ger De Loughery, Paudie Callaghan, Ciaran O’Neill and Brian O’Reilly and James Hanrahan. Adult hurling saw, future county star, Andrew Whelan lead the U21team to the first A title by defeating Eire Og 1-17 to 0-7. St Josephs included on their team 10 of the successful 1990 team that defeated Eire Og.

Munster and All Ireland Senior Set Champions in 1993 On route to the final victories were recorded over Newmarket, Wolfe Tones and St. Flannans. Brendan O’Connor was the team manager and the coach was the outstanding Tony Kelly. The selectors were Mickey Toomey, Fergus McDonagh and alan Hansbury. Included on the panel and still playing today were Fergal O’Sullivan and Dermot Daly. However this team included such stalwarts as, Seanie McMahon, Christy O’Connor, Jamesie O’Connor, Donal Cahill, David Hoey, Ollie Baker and Lorcan Hassett, all of whom were to star for Clare while several also embraced coaching. Included also were fellows who contributed to adult management later on such as Sean Mangan, Noel Purcell and Diarmuid O’Sullivan. The club really heralded its arrival as a power-house of Clare hurling when the intermediate title was won by defeating Scarriff 1-15 to 3-2. This break -through to senior ranks was to lead ultimately to All Ireland glory 6 years later. The management team that played such a critical role included Tom Duggan, Michael

Clohessy, Michael McNamara, Monie Fitzgerald and coach Tony Kelly. Tony was a former Eire Og, Portlaoise and Clare county star. The team was led by the inspirational Ger Hoey and his leadership contributed greatly to the success.. In the opening game of the campaign the opposition was provided by the 1992 finalists Ogonnelloe and ended in a draw, 1-14 for St. Josephs to 3-8. In the replay St. Josephs won convincingly by 1-20 to 2-5. Outstanding in the two games were Seanie McMahon, Sean Mangan, Ciaran O’Neill, Jamesie O’Connor, Brian Purcell, Christy O’Connor and the excellent Greg Baker. In the quarter final where Gerry Woods contributed 0-5, Clarecastle were beaten 3-13 to 1-6 and in the semi final Clooney-Quin were defeated by 3-19 to 3-3. So the team came to the final with an impressive and consistent scoring record from the likes of Andrew Whelan, Greg Baker, Phelim Collins, Jamesie O’Connor and Ollie Baker plus the long range scoring from Seanie McMahon.

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Scarriff proved no match on the final day and so St. Josephs restored their status as senior club. In addition to those mentioned also on the team were; JJ. Fahy, Stephen Hassett, Steve Whyte, Noel Purcell, Dermot Daly, Brian O’Rouke, Ben Conroy, Michael O’Connor, James Hanrahan, Sean Duggan, Bernard Cosgrove, Barry Toomey, Mickie Toomey and Phelim Collins.

1993 Junior A Football

In the first 20 odd years of scor, the club was rated one of the strongest in the county at Junior level but rarely if ever entered senior. This changed in 1993 when a special effort was put in to organise a senior team. It was to prove successful for in the year in which the All Ireland finals attracted the biggest audience in its history the All Ireland set title was won at Milstreet by Denise Synnott, Deirdre Keary, Annette McNamara, Stephanie Queally, Seamus, Padraig, Muiris and Fergal O’Sullivan. The Musicians were; Thomas Morrow, Anthony Quigney, Claire Griffin, Mossy Griffin. In junior scor the county music title was won by Rena, Monica and Joseph Queally playing two tunes, The Mary Ann Jig and Paddy O’Briens reel. The junior Set crowned a great year when they added the Munster title dancing the 4th and 5th figures of the Caladonian. The members were; Gillian Loughnane, Tara Hassett, Ann Marie Burke, Laura Kelly, Sean Griffin, Brendan Bohannon, John Moroney, Cormac O’Sullivan

1993 Inter Hurling Champions

So concluded a year in which one all Ireland, Two Munster and 8 county titles. were won. UP THE PARISH!


by Joe Queally.

Pictured are the Ennis CBS, Clare Division I Handball Champions. Back Row: Nial McCabe, Tom Haugh, Mick Molloy and Jim Lynch. Front Row: Damien Lavin, Jim Molloy, John Nihill

The ancient and traditional sport of handball has been played down the centuries and, like athletics, was part of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Handball has remained within the Association and is a rapidly growing world sport where Irish players have dominated. Many of the greatest exponents have come from Clare. The game for the greater part was played in open courts around the country and it is only in the last 40 years or so that the game has progressed to modern, well lit and heated sports centres. The parish of Doora-Barefield has always had a strong interest in the sport and in 2011, Michelle Nihill from Doora scooped the highest honours by winning the All Ireland. Staying with the youth Natasha Coughlan and her brother Fergal also from Doora have travelled the world competing and winning many awards.

divisional and county championships. In recent years the parish has been well represented with .many titles being won. The close proximity of top class handball courts in Clarecastle, Clooney-Quin and Ennis CBS has allowed the game to be enjoyed all through the winter months. Some names that have represented the parish include, John Nihill, Tom Haugh, James Kennedy, Jimmy Lynch, Johnny Liddy, John Heavey, Paddy Madden, Pat Leyden (RIP), Jimmy Jones, Liam McKee, Joe Queally, Joe Hennessy, Noel Hennessy, Joe Kelly, John Kennedy, Kieran O’Neill, Paschal Brooks, Fergal Coughlan, Natasha Coughlan, Fergal Coughlan Snr, Seanie McMahon, Donal Cahill and Pat Talty. Pictured are a group of handballers who were champions in 1993.

The greatest and hardest fought battles on court at local level are in the

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Other Milestones to Note by S. O’Sullivan

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Wolfe Tones were defeated 2-7 to 0-7 in the U16A football final. Conor Redmond was capt ain. Ivor Whyte captained the U14A football ers to the county title. Enda Lyons was captain of the successf ul U14 A Feile winning side. Sean Collins led the U14B hurlers to cou nty honours by defeating Inagh-Kilnamona. Seanie McMahon led the senior hurlers to their 5th Clare Cup title


St Josephs were U12B Camogie cham pions


or Hurlers to the Mid • Sean Duggan captained the Juni Clare title. winning intermediate • Ger Hoey captained the county hurlers. of the first team to win • Andrew Whelan was the captain U21A hurling Munster and All Ireland • Padraig O’Sullivan captained the ac O’Sullivan le winning senior set dancers,whi Corm . cers dan captained the Junior winning set Joe were county music • The Queallys, Monica, Rena and champions. or footballers to two • Ciaran O’Neill captained the juni county titles. champions. • The U14A footballers were county • • • •

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Sean O’Dea was captain of the U12B hurling team that defeated Kilnamona in the county fina l. Michael Clohessy led the Junior A hurlers to the county title with victory over O’Callaghan Mills 2-13 to 3-8. Deirdre Keary was county singing cham pion in Junior Scor. St Josephs were All Ireland champion s in junior set dancing. The Ballad group of Claire Hassett, Dian e Linnane, Marie Collins, Eilis Dalton and Pamela Wall were Munster champions.


champion Michael Butler was senior scor music



Matt Nugent captained St. Josephs to their first Clare Cup title. They defeated Newmarket 3-7 to 2-3.

70 YEARS AGO. Celsus Heath was captain of the county winning Junior B hurling team.

Succesful Junior Captains, Michael Lahiffe Michael Clohessy in 1983

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