All Ireland Féile comes to Loughmacrory
Féile na nGael and Féile Péil na nÓg was officially launched this week and is a fantastic national GAA event where Under 14 players in Boys and Girls represent their clubs on the national stage in the GAA Codes of football, hurling, ladies football, camogie and handball. Over 4,000 players actually win through to compete in the national Féile na nGael finals weekends. Féile na nGael is being hosted across Ulster in 2014 from Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd June.
Loughmacrory GAA Handball Club will play host to Division 2 Girls Féile na nGael this year on 21st and 22nd June while our venue will also play host to the Division 1 and Division 2 Final in Girls Féile on Sunday 22nd June.
Loughmacrory will have two teams compete in the 2014 Féile na nGael, the first time the club has had teams entered for five years now, and have a Boys Team in Division 1 (in Carrickmore on Saturday 21st June) and a Girls Team in Division 2 on Saturday 21st June in Loughmacrory. The teams are Boys – Antoin Fox, Ronan Curran, Shane Grimes, Dara Curran, Diarmaid Gallagher and the Girls team comprising Michaela Curran, Aideen Curran, Mairead Fox, Caitlin Conway.
The Club have enjoyed success in the past in the Féile na nGael at the highest level in Division1. The first success for the club came in 1984 (Chris Curran, Shane Kelly, Niall Curran, Seamus Curran) and then 19 years later when the club also won the Division 1 title in 2003 (Brian Donaghy, Conor Duff, Paul Donnelly, Sean O’Kane).
The Club also tasted success in the 1992 60×30 Division 2 Féile na nGael title with the team of Shane McCullagh, Eunan Donnelly, Carl Curran, Ciaran Meenagh, Aidan Toner.
The club have also had a number of teams who lost in finals of Division 1 over the years.
The club have also had a number of players to have won Division 1 Féile na nGael Skills events.
In 40×20 Boys Ciaran Curran won three consecutive Division 1 Feile skills golds from 1985, 1986, 1987 and Conal Curran winning Division 1 Skills gold in 1988.
In 40×20 Girls Lisa McAleer was the first Division 1 Féile Skills winner in 2000 and Karen Kelly won the Division 1 Skills in 2002 and Aoife Kelly won the Division 1 Skills in 2011.
In 60×30 Ciaran Meenagh won the Féile Division 1 Skills gold in 1994 and Conor Donnelly won the Division 1 60×30 Féile Skills in 2005.
Full fixtures and scheduling is now listed below and we would encourage all members to go along to our own club and other local venues to support and enjoy this fantastic All Ireland Club Under 14 team event.
If any club members have any other memories of Feile or any we haven’t posted here, it would be great to get your comments below…