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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Thanks for that OTM. I recall that back in the early 1980's or late 70's, you could have up to 5,000 people watching a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane JUNIOR club hurling championship game in South Limerick, especially a final.

All North Cork and most of West Tipperary would be at such a feature, such was the rivalry between these great foes (great friends off the field actually for the most part). There would probably be more "outsiders" than actual Limerick people at these encounters.

Ardpatrick-Kilfinane has changed its club name to Blackrock since then, and that kill-all/do-or-die/no man shall pass mentality seems to have waned someehat these days in the younger generations, for better or for worse.

However, I can recall some of these great clashes with particular relish still. Let's say, to a young wide-eyed American, a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane hurling match was as close to a Shilleagh fight as I ever got!"
And you'd be takin the horse to France then after the dinner and the buther, or to America, and Sally O' Brien, and the way she might look at you.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3350 - 03/11/2023 11:02:11    2511395

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Thanks for that OTM. I recall that back in the early 1980's or late 70's, you could have up to 5,000 people watching a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane JUNIOR club hurling championship game in South Limerick, especially a final.

All North Cork and most of West Tipperary would be at such a feature, such was the rivalry between these great foes (great friends off the field actually for the most part). There would probably be more "outsiders" than actual Limerick people at these encounters.

Ardpatrick-Kilfinane has changed its club name to Blackrock since then, and that kill-all/do-or-die/no man shall pass mentality seems to have waned someehat these days in the younger generations, for better or for worse.

However, I can recall some of these great clashes with particular relish still. Let's say, to a young wide-eyed American, a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane hurling match was as close to a Shilleagh fight as I ever got!"
Ah them were the days. In the early seventies Tour and Killeedy over in our Western Fastnesses,used to draw huge crowds as well, especially for West Finals and many from Duhallow, West Avondhu and North Kerry, would converge on Drum or Newcastle. But the same kind of rivalries exist in Galway and other countries as well.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4252 - 03/11/2023 11:50:21    2511400

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Thanks for that OTM. I recall that back in the early 1980's or late 70's, you could have up to 5,000 people watching a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane JUNIOR club hurling championship game in South Limerick, especially a final.

All North Cork and most of West Tipperary would be at such a feature, such was the rivalry between these great foes (great friends off the field actually for the most part). There would probably be more "outsiders" than actual Limerick people at these encounters.

Ardpatrick-Kilfinane has changed its club name to Blackrock since then, and that kill-all/do-or-die/no man shall pass mentality seems to have waned someehat these days in the younger generations, for better or for worse.

However, I can recall some of these great clashes with particular relish still. Let's say, to a young wide-eyed American, a Glenroe vs Ardpatrick-Kilfinane hurling match was as close to a Shilleagh fight as I ever got!"
Ah them were the days. In the early seventies Tour and Killeedy over in our Western Fastnesses,used to draw huge crowds as well, especially for West Finals and many from Duhallow, West Avondhu and North Kerry, would converge on Drum or Newcastle. But the same kind of rivalries exist in Galway and other countries as well.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4252 - 03/11/2023 11:51:42    2511402

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Replying To SixtiesKid:  "The suggestion being that the game in Wexford was fixed in 2019.
If we were good enough that day in Parnell park it would not have mattered."
That's not the suggestion. There is no way Leinster GAA want one of their own teams eliminated before the last round of games which is why they hold that Kilkenny Wexford game until the end.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 625 - 03/11/2023 11:57:20    2511406

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Replying To galway19:  "That's not the suggestion. There is no way Leinster GAA want one of their own teams eliminated before the last round of games which is why they hold that Kilkenny Wexford game until the end."
We were eliminated before that game just this year

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11166 - 03/11/2023 20:30:01    2511465

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Replying To GalwaysFinest:  "You are also an Annaghdown man Lotto. And a Kilkenny man. Your identity is known. And you know very little about hurling too it may be said."
Carnmore, well Carnmore now.

LottoPlus (Kilkenny) - Posts: 49 - 07/11/2023 15:43:41    2511963

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Replying To galway19:  "That's not the suggestion. There is no way Leinster GAA want one of their own teams eliminated before the last round of games which is why they hold that Kilkenny Wexford game until the end."
Not sure but wasn't that already the tradition even before Galway came in to Leinster? I know I'd rather have a few matches played before facing the likes of Kilkenny.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 08/11/2023 14:13:30    2512104

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(With no new date confirmed yet for the London SHC final and the Connacht Club SHC semi-final fixed for November 18, Connacht Council have now decided to give Tooreen a bye into the final where they will face Ballindereen on November 26). GOOD LUCK BALLINDEREEN.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 08/11/2023 14:16:34    2512106

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Replying To Trump2020:  "(With no new date confirmed yet for the London SHC final and the Connacht Club SHC semi-final fixed for November 18, Connacht Council have now decided to give Tooreen a bye into the final where they will face Ballindereen on November 26). GOOD LUCK BALLINDEREEN."
I was impressed by Balllindereen in the county final. If they bring the same determination and workrate to this I think they'll win it.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1893 - 12/11/2023 11:12:19    2512509

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "I was impressed by Balllindereen in the county final. If they bring the same determination and workrate to this I think they'll win it."
Yeah. They always had some fine hurlers but just not enough of them. For the most part the days of the BIG FAMILIES are gone. In years past you may have a few families in a Parish that had 10 or 12 children so even small Parishes could get lucky and hit a hot 10 years or so. Plus many lads are playing sports other than GAA.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 12/11/2023 16:29:31    2512554

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Replying To SixtiesKid:  "The suggestion being that the game in Wexford was fixed in 2019.
If we were good enough that day in Parnell park it would not have mattered."
We drew 3 games that year and won 1. If you had beaten us in Salthill you would've gone through either. Hopefully Leinster will get back to being that close again. We need to get more consistent and try not to have over 15 different 1st team players injured for between 3 weeks and 3 months in a 4 month long season, and I think Dublin made big strides under your county man last year, and will be better again this year. Antrim won't be pushovers in the games they target, though they will miss Mcmanus, and Carlows 1st 15 are pretty good also, and have an excellent manager, so if they can avoid injuries you wouldn't want to take them for granted.
I do think the break week now being put into the Round Robin will help the 3 Leinster teams be more competitive come the AI series also.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11166 - 13/11/2023 11:38:13    2512665

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Replying To galway19:  "That's not the suggestion. There is no way Leinster GAA want one of their own teams eliminated before the last round of games which is why they hold that Kilkenny Wexford game until the end."
I think it's odd also. It's been our last game every year there was a Round Robin. It probably has helped us more than them as we have had the upper hand in the Round Robin years, but statistically it's so unlikely in an open draw.
At the same time last year we were eliminated before the last round so I'm not sure that's the reason.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11166 - 13/11/2023 11:43:10    2512669

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Replying To Viking66:  "We drew 3 games that year and won 1. If you had beaten us in Salthill you would've gone through either. Hopefully Leinster will get back to being that close again. We need to get more consistent and try not to have over 15 different 1st team players injured for between 3 weeks and 3 months in a 4 month long season, and I think Dublin made big strides under your county man last year, and will be better again this year. Antrim won't be pushovers in the games they target, though they will miss Mcmanus, and Carlows 1st 15 are pretty good also, and have an excellent manager, so if they can avoid injuries you wouldn't want to take them for granted.
I do think the break week now being put into the Round Robin will help the 3 Leinster teams be more competitive come the AI series also."
Based on those theories, Antrim would be wise to 'target' every game they play.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3350 - 14/11/2023 12:24:19    2512945

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Replying To Pope_Benedict:  "Based on those theories, Antrim would be wise to 'target' every game they play."
They didn't target the Galway game last year like they did the rest of them.

"Galway, having earlier defeated Westmeath by 44 points, had 19 points to spare in another facile win at Pearse Stadium where the tempo was little above challenge match level against an understrength Antrim side."

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/2023/05/21/galway-far-too-strong-for-outclassed-antrim/

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11166 - 14/11/2023 15:03:50    2513004

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Balinasloe and Cappatagle to merge at underage. Really dont see the benefits of these mergers. East Galway already suffering enough besides stripping parishes of their identitys.

clare_sparrow (Galway) - Posts: 424 - 15/11/2023 11:02:37    2513113

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Replying To clare_sparrow:  "Balinasloe and Cappatagle to merge at underage. Really dont see the benefits of these mergers. East Galway already suffering enough besides stripping parishes of their identitys."
Is this to benefit Ballinasloe more so than Cappy?

Arent Cappy relatively strong at underage, over the last few years?

Probably makes sense for Ballinasloe to amalgamate with Cappy because their underage is amalgamated with Gabriels, but for the future (if it ever needed to happen at adult level), they'd prob be best suited to merge with Kiltormer?

Hopefully wont ever need to happen and the mini-revival in Ballinasloe hurling encourages further growth.

GalwaysFinest (Galway) - Posts: 190 - 15/11/2023 12:02:57    2513142

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Replying To GalwaysFinest:  "Is this to benefit Ballinasloe more so than Cappy?

Arent Cappy relatively strong at underage, over the last few years?

Probably makes sense for Ballinasloe to amalgamate with Cappy because their underage is amalgamated with Gabriels, but for the future (if it ever needed to happen at adult level), they'd prob be best suited to merge with Kiltormer?

Hopefully wont ever need to happen and the mini-revival in Ballinasloe hurling encourages further growth."
Whether you like it or not I think you'll see a lot more of this kind of thing in the future. Far more choices for young athletes now other than the GAA. St Thomas's are an example of when it works out great for an area.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2080 - 15/11/2023 21:49:09    2513255

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Congrats to Conor Whelan on his second All-Star. Maybe unlucky not to get one in 18 too. I thought Daithi Burke and Cathal Mannion had a shot too this year but wasn't to be.

Kinvara (Galway) - Posts: 109 - 17/11/2023 11:14:11    2513458

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Replying To Kinvara:  "Congrats to Conor Whelan on his second All-Star. Maybe unlucky not to get one in 18 too. I thought Daithi Burke and Cathal Mannion had a shot too this year but wasn't to be."
Daithi played in a defence that leaked goals against Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick....

He is far from his peak but still a good player.

MapleSyrup (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 17/11/2023 12:40:40    2513478

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Replying To GalwaysFinest:  "Is this to benefit Ballinasloe more so than Cappy?

Arent Cappy relatively strong at underage, over the last few years?

Probably makes sense for Ballinasloe to amalgamate with Cappy because their underage is amalgamated with Gabriels, but for the future (if it ever needed to happen at adult level), they'd prob be best suited to merge with Kiltormer?

Hopefully wont ever need to happen and the mini-revival in Ballinasloe hurling encourages further growth."
I think this is a great Idea. Do a club amalgamation like Kerry do in Football. In football the Cliffords club used to be junior and they would not have been seen (well Paudie anyway) without them playing with an amalgamation club in senior.
Hurling clubs have amalgamated before for their best. Mullagh Kiltormer in underage and probably not too far away for senior, Ahascragh Fohenagh, Tynagh Abbey Duniry. I think that we (Carnmore) should join with Annaghdown or Sylane. Sylane would me the better option as they have better hurlers. Annaghdown have 2 maybe that would make our team at the moment. I wonder would this be a good topic of conservation at our AGM, Carmore/Sylane join together. We could be called Carlane :-)

LottoPlus (Kilkenny) - Posts: 49 - 17/11/2023 13:44:37    2513491

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