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KICKHAM GAA NOTES.
We offer our sympathies to Evelyn and Jimmy Murphy and family, Station Road, Dundrum on the recent death of Evelyn’s mother Mrs. Hannah Leahy late of Fr Tirry Park Fethard. May she rest in peace.
JOHN FARRELL RIP
On Sunday, March 20, John Farrell of Grantstown, Donaskeigh, went to his eternal reward after a long illness bravely borne. The committee and membership of Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickham GAA Club extends their deepest sympathies to his heartbroken wife Sheila and family on their loss. We also offer our condolences to his brothers and sisters, extended family, relatives, neighbours, former team mates,and friends at this sad time.
From a very early age it was clear that this young boy had not only skill in abundance but also possessed strong mental discipline and that very necessary trait, the will to win. He was fortunate at that time to be growing up with some of the best hurler’s ever produced by the Kickham club and when they all combined on one team they were a very powerful force indeed. At thirteen years of age, he made his debut in goals for the 1943 club’s minor hurlers and after moving out the field in the following years, he won fiveWest hurling medals in a row to 1947 when he was rewarded with selection to the County Minor hurling team where he played a starring role at centrefield in the all Ireland winning team of that year. They had a good victory over Galway in the final. John’s own club team mate John Joe Mc Cormack played at full back on the day. The team also included such future senior greats as John Doyle, Paddy Kenny and John O’Grady. The Kickhams senior team had already benefited from Johns talent as he had joined the panel in 1946. From then until 1960 he was an ever present and important member of the greatest and most successful club hurling team the West Tipperary division had seen before or since, winning twelve West senior medals and John was there for each and every one. As his playing years were drawing to a close John became involved in the day to day running of the Club , he served as Chairman from 1959-1961 and was a manager and selector on various teams during the years to the end of the 90s. When the West Tipperary hurling team of the Milleniumn was announced he was selected in the midfield berth beside the legendary Bill O’Donnell. At the awards ceremony Seamus King in his citation speech said of John”He was a fast striking player, moving the ball into the forward line in the shortest possible time.He was equally adept at striking it on the ground or in the air and had perfected the art of doubling or pulling on the ball at an early age .His dedication and commitment to his club was second to none and his selection on this team came as no surprise to anyone who watched him play”. As a mark of respect to a true Kickham icon, the club provided a guard of honour on the evening of his removal to Donaskeigh church.
On the day of his burial in Kilfeacle Cemetery his good friend Jack Crowe MCC gave a touching and at times humourous oration at his graveside which was followed by a prolonged round of applause from those present. It was a final and fitting salute to a West Tipperary GAA and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickham great who’s likes will not be seen again. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Our U/21 footballers had a great win over Golden Kilfeacle Aherlow in the West final in New Inn on Saturday last. Despite a torrential downpour before throw in which caused soft under foot conditions,this was a cracker of a game in which both teams gave their all for their Parishes. Kickhams trailed at the break by 0-6 to 0-5. The second half was an equally close game with Golden edging a few points ahead with ten minutes left , but our lads did not give up and fought back to level the game at the end of normal time on the score 0-9 to 0-9.
Extra time was more of the same but in the second half our lads pulled away to deserevdly win on the score 1-14 to 0-13. Well done to all concerned on a fantastic victory. Team and scorers : Dean Kelly, Danny Carberry, Shane Heelan, Shane Martin Ryan, Rory Heffernan, Patrick O’Brien (0-1), Kevin Griffey(capt), Gerry Horgan (0-6), David Butler(0-4), Johnny Ryan, John Griffey, Cathal Morrissey, Niall O’Brien, Eoin Carew, Patrick Ryan(0-3), Subs used Jamie Quinn, Kenneth Horgan, Dean Thompson(1-0). See match report in the Nationalist.
Kickhams played Emly/Sean Treacys in this first round championship game in Dundrum on Wednesday last.From the throw in both teams showed that they were well able to play the game and an even encounter was expected, the first half saw a real see saw battle for supremacy and even though Kickhams looked to be pulling away mid ways through , the combo came storming back and went in at the break leading on the score 1-6 to 1-3, indeed you would have said that they looked the most likely winners at that stage. The second half was however a different story, the Kickhams lads were out of the blocks much quicker and had drawn level within ten minutes, positional changes had began to work very well and players were beginning to show for the ball all around the field. The Combo on the other hand were being harried and chased whenever they were in possession and as a result were forced into rushed shots and passes which went wide or were intercepted by the Kickhams players. It was a reflection of all this pressure that the Combo failed to raise a flag in the second period whilst Kickhams added three more points to emerge victorious on the score 1-9 to 1-6, Kickhams team and scorers Conor Moore, Luke Heffernan, Oisin Slattery, Thomas Hayes, Killian Loughman, Eoin Carew, Stephen Griffey, Michael Slattery, Patrick Ryan(0-3), Brendan Ryan, Sean Compton (0-1), Walter O’Carroll, Conor Butler (0-1), Dean Thpmpson (0-3), David Ryan (1-0)
Sub: Brendan Griffin for Sean Compton.
We are again asking all players, mentors and supporters to please pay up their membership fees for this year.The day to day running of any club in these times is an onerous task and surely the very least that should be done by individuals is to pay their membership to help maintain the status quo. Those players that have been injured over the years can testify how important it is to be insured, especially when surgical intervention is necessary. Please contact Margaret Hayes, Michael Shanahan, Richard Moloney or any Club Officer ASAP. Thank you.
We have updated our website www.kdkickhams.tipperary.gaa.ie We will continue to include up to date results & fixtures for all clubs teams as well as all other club activities. Why don’t you take a look and let us know what you think. Tell family & friends that may be away and would like to keep up to date with club happenings.KICKHAM JUVENILE NOTES.
Kickham togs and socks are available in all sizes from juvenile to adult and can be purchased from Sean Breen at 087 -2646441 or Paddy Fitzgerald at 087-9370958. Gear bags also in stock.
KNOCKAVILLA/DONASKEIGH KICKHAMS CAMOGIE
A timely reminder to any players that may not yet have renewed their membership to please do so as soon as possible by contacting any club officer.
OUR LADY’S SODALITY.
The annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on May 24 and 25. For details, booking etc contact any of the following, 062-76191, 062 71448, 062 71367, 0504-42936.