The cheers that greeted captain Ciarán O’Sullivan’s celebratory roar ‘Up the Village’ when he raised the silverware in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday said it all. It was a day that will dwell long in their memory as Ballincollig regained their Cork Premier IHC status. They did ply their trade in the top tier in the past but were forced to drop down over the years.
The big games this weekend are the two Munster Junior Challenge Cup semi-finals, with top-ranked Clonmel and Richmond facing up against each other, while the second semi-final involves St Senans against Galbally.
Participation numbers continue to drop, but the Munster Branch of the GUI celebrated another good year in 2015, with Gary Hurley, John Murphy, and clubs Tramore and Dooks presented with awards during the annual delegates’ meeting at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, last week.
It’s like the Champions League of golf but unlike the continent’s premier football tournament which has yet to be retained by any club, Muskerry’s Niall Gorey is hopeful the Cork club can become the first back-to-back winners of the AIG Barton Shield for 18 years.
As a player accomplished enough to win the prestigious Mullingar Scratch Trophy over the August Bank holiday weekend and having seen his brother Shane thrill the golfing world both as an amateur and professional, Alan Lowry is no stranger to outstanding deeds and shot making on the golf course.