Feile Week has Arrived 2018-06-26 16:24:00

This Friday our U14 team set out on a journey which has only once ever been travelled before by a Blarney team. Colin Lawless and his team of Richie O’ Driscoll, Shane Jordan, John Hurley, Stephen Cremen, Liam Buckley and Donal Cronin head to Meath for the John West Feile Peil na nOg. This is only the second time a Blarney team has qualified for the competition outside of Cork. The first being in 1989 when Kevin Murphy and the late Tom Hallahan’s side went all the way to All Ireland final losing out by just two points to St. Finbarr’s.

This year’s team had a long qualifying series a number of weeks ago. In their group stage they played Mayfield and Carraig na Bhfear winning both games. Later that day they played Grenagh in the group final winning out well over our close neighbours.

The following week came the county semi final. Here we played a very strong Clyda Rovers team winning by the bare minimum. Just forty-five minutes later the lads were out again for the final. Once again they came out on top beating a strong Ballinhassig side. With the winning of this game, this U14 side became only the second ever Blarney side, and the first in twenty-nine years, to win the Cork County Feile and progress to Feile na nOg.

This year Ballinabrackey are our host club in County Meath. We will have two games on the Friday night against Na Fianna and Lisnaskea Emmetts. Our final group game is against our host club on Saturday morning. Depending on results we will then have a quarter final Saturday afternoon in either the Cup or the Shield. If we are to win a quarter final the lads are then off to Down for a potential semi final and final on Sunday.

The work the lads have put in to this has truly been phenomenal. Both management and players can all be extremely proud of themselves to have even got this far and we’re sure they have no intentions of making the trip just to take part.

The one group without whom all of this would be impossible is the parents. The support in the preparations and fundraising for this has been astonishing. From Car Boot Sales to Coffee Mornings and Bag Packing to Shop Stalls their support has made all of this possible. This team should count themselves extremely lucky to have such massive support from all their parents.

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