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Feile na nGael 2014; New Friends & Memories That Will Last a Lifetime

The national Feile na nGael competition took place in Ulster last weekend with Lavey playing host to two division 1 sides; the Kilkenny camogie champions, Ballycallon and the Offaly hurling champions Kilcormac Killoughey.

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The weekend got off to a great start with both our young hurlers and camogs putting on fine performances on Friday afternoon when playing against the two visiting teams. The boys fell just short to Kilcormac Killoughey,- the game ending on a final score of 1.7 to 0.5. It took a last grasp goal for the Kilkenny champions to defeat our camogs; having lead the match going into the final few minutes, Lavey found themselves on the wrong side of an agonizing one point defeat- Lavey 1.3 Ballycallon 2.1.

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Saturday was by all accounts, a very busy day. From 9.30am Lavey Termoneeny Centre was buzzing with activity as we welcomed teams, parents and spectators from County Clare, County Down and County Galway, as well as local rivals, Kevin Lynches. Again, our young players put in some fine performances and treated the large crowd to a spectacle of hurling. Both our teams qualified for the Division 1 Shield quarter finals on Saturday evening, however it was just not Lavey’s day as both teams fell victim to injuries and were defeated by Rossa, Belfast in the hurling and Raheny, County Dublin in the camogie. Nevertheless, a massive well done to all our young players who played their hearts out and did not look one bit out of place in a division 1 All-Ireland competition. You did the club proud!

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When the activity on the pitch was finally over on Saturday evening, Fr. Baker provided a warm welcome to all players and visitors at a special Feile mass held in St. Mary’s Church.

It was a joy to arrive back at the Lavey Termoneeny Centre at 10pm that night, on what also happened to be the longest day of the year, to see our top pitch full of youngsters pucking about, enjoying the last few rays of sunshine while their mentors and parents enjoyed a few drinks and some live music from our scor group.

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We thank all those who helped out over the weekend;
– The event organisers.
– Those who prepared food and assisted with the BBQ and the tuckshop, especially Mary Convery in the kitchen.
– Dr McCann who found herself removed from tuck shop duty and placed on medical duty for the weekend!
– All those who helped direct traffic.
– Maurice Dorrity who came to the rescue on Saturday morning and managed to do what no-one else could- erect the flags!
– Katrina Shaw and Seamus Downey -who surprised more than a few people when he sang Amhrán na bhFiann.
– The Scor group who provided the entertainment on Saturday night.
– All the families who hosted children over the weekend.
– The coaches, mentors, and players.
– Those who helped prepare the grounds for the weekend.
– Anyone else we may have forgot- this was a real team effort with many, many people pulling together!

Many friendships were formed over the weekend- it was lovely to see the St. Brigids Ballycallon players run onto the pitch to console the Lavey girls after their quarter final defeat. Likewise, it was lovely to see so many Lavey people turning out to support Ballcallon in the Camogie Shield Semi Final and Kilcormac Killoughey in the Cup Semi Final on the Sunday morning.

Shirley Gleeson, Kilcormac Killoughey paid tribute the people of Lavey GAC and the great weekend-
“On behalf of Kilcormac Killoughey Gaa I would like to thank all our new friends up in Erin’s Own Lavey for a fantastic weekend at Feile. There were a lot of sad faces leaving Derry yesterday as both the boys and their families have made some great friends and had a brilliant time. I would like to thank in particular Joe McGurk, Shauna, Paul, Seamus, Johnny and Michael for their help and support coming up to and during our stay in Lavey. Your pride in you club and fantastic facilities are to be envied!! Thanks to all our host families who spoilt the boys rotten and to everyone else who helped out during the weekend, it was and experience we will all remember for a long time to come. Hopefully it wont be another 20 odd years before we return again :)”

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