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Club Review 2016

While 2016 brought little in the way of silverware to our adult teams, Fr. Caseys once more enjoyed a remarkable year at underage with our U14 Boys winning the County Feile title and our U14 Girls winning the County Championship and League double. Both teams also competed in the All-Ireland Feile tournament and gave some outstanding performances. At National School level St. Marys Boys school also successfully defended their West Title before going on to capture the County Title.

Our Senior Footballers bowed out of the County Championship at the Quarter Final stage. After a promising start in the group stages, a 7 point defeated from St. Patricks ended this year’s campaign. Our Minor team made great strides in 2016, reaching the county semi-final before suffering defeated to Rathkeale. Our Junior As exited the championship in the West Semi-Final, losing to a very strong Gerald Griffins team that would go on to win the county championship. Our 21 footballers failed to live up to expectation and unfortunately did not qualify from the group stages with 1 win from 3 games.

Off the field we had many highlights in 2016. In June our club along with neighbouring clubs in West Limerick, North Cork and Kerry played host to the All-Ireland Feile competition. Having both our U14 boys and girls teams competing and performing so admirably was a great honour and our pitch and facilities were in immaculate order thanks to our fantastic ground staff lead by Peter Rowley.

In August we ran a Night at the Dogs Fundraising event in the Limerick Greyhound track with proceeds going towards to the development of an all-weather training pitch on our existing land. This event exceeded all expectations and highlighted the generosity and support our club receives from the people of Abbeyfeale and surrounding areas. Work on this fundraising event started at least 3-4 months in advance and it took a lot of late nights and knocking on doors to raise the much needed funds. It was great to see how our senior, bord na nog and ladies club all came together and worked so hard for this fundraising initiative.

For the day to day running of our club we rely heavily on our weekly spin and win draw, monthly Club Limerick Draw and the annual National Club Draw. Without this income we would not be able to field our teams and maintain our club facilities. We are blessed in our club to have a dedicated band of people who administer these fundraisers and we are equally thankfully to our supporters who continuously invest in these draws.

As we conclude the year we hope that 2017 brings lots more silverware to Abbeyfeale and our loyal supporters have lots of big celebrations ahead of them. Fr. Caseys GAA Club would like to take this opportunity to wish all its players, managers, committee members and supporters an enjoyable Christmas and a prosperous New Year.