Carrick 400 Sevens a roaring success

The Carrick 400 7s tournament, in conjunction with the gathering 2013, took place on Saturday April 6, and was a massive success.

The Carrick 400 7s tournament, in conjunction with the gathering 2013, took place on Saturday April 6, and was a massive success.

The hugely successful tournament was hosted by St. Mary’s G.A.A. club on a weather perfect day and was enjoyed by all, young to old and the participating teams and managers.

Thirty-two teams, both men and ladies, from 11 counties were represented along with overseas visitors from London. St. Mary’s ladies and men both reached the finals.

The Sevens Tournament was the first of its kind ever to be played in the County and one of the first in the Province and, such was the success of the event, that if a permanent date in the calendar can be found, it is quite easy to see it going on to even bigger and better things.

The event also emphasised that while parish rivalry is the heart-beat of the GAA, the spirit of co-operation and friendship is strong with games being held in Annaduff, Eslin, Allen Gaels and across the bridge in Roscommon where Shannon Gaels’s two pitches at the Showgrounds on the Boyle road and Croghan hosted games.

In the men’s division St’ Mary’s and Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Galway contested the final, refereed by Ray McBrien, with Kilkerrin/Clonberne winning to a score of 1-7 to 0-8, St. Mary’s having beaten Aughawillan in the semi-final while a Clance side featuring former St. Mary’s and Leitrim player Dermot Reynolds was beaten by teh Galway men in their semi-final.

The Ladies Final was an all-Leitrim affair as hosts St. Mary’s took on fellow Leitrim side Aughawillian. Refereed by Mary Shanley, the stronger Aughawillan Ladies proved far too good for their hosts, winning 4-8 to 1-5.

Aughawillan had beaten Boyle and Dublin side Clontarf in the quarter and semi-finals while St. Mary’s had seen off their Roscommon neighbours Shannon Gaels in the quarter-finals.

Letirim GAA County Board CharimanJoe Flynn made the presentations to both teams.

St. Mary’s say thanks

St. Mary’s G.A.A. club wish to say a huge thank you to all who contributed to the running of their very successful Carrick 400 7s Tournament. Firstly to club man Fintan Cox whose idea it was to do it and his committee who worked endless hours organising it.

To the clubs in Leitrim for the use of their facilities, pitches and supplied refreshments - Annaduff, Eslin and Allen Gaels, the Community School in Carrick on Shannon, the Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada committee for the use of Pairc Sean, in Roscommon to Shannon Gaels who gave us the use of their 2 pitches in Croghan and the Showgrounds, Boyle Road.

To all the Referees in Leitrim for their services and time; Seamus Mulhern, Michael Clancy, Donal Butler, Jimmy Stenson, James Mc Caffrey, Gerry Gallogly, Pat Flanagan, Sean Wynne, Sean McKieran, John Connefry, Tomas Quigley, Kieran Moran, Cyril Mc Keon, Sean McCartin, Ray McBrien and Mary Shanley. In Roscommon to Alo O’Dowd in Croghan and Joe Murray who is by now a fit man after his full day in Carrick.

Club member should be extremely proud of the success of the event , and the club thanks each and every one of them for their hard work and long hours.

To the 32 clubs who participated in the tournament and made it the success that it was. Thanks to John Lynch and Willie Donnellan for their co-operation, to the Bush Hotel for the food, to our sponsors E-Mobile, Cox’s Pharmacy and Richie Doran.