Kilmacud Crokes Under 9 Festival of Hurling 2016

“Meitheal” is an ancient Irish tradition of a group coming together for a common purpose and working together and for each other to ensure that all succeed in achieving their goal.


We saw a great example of the above on Sunday last 16th October in Silverpark as despite some late club withdrawals and an even later venue switch Kilmacud Crokes 2007 Hurlers (Under 9s) held a very successful and enjoyable Festival of Hurling 2016. With teams from Antrim, Galway, Kilkenny, Kildare, Carlow and Dublin there was skilful, intense and entertaining hurling on show on four pitches over 32 matches. The level of commitment shown by both mentors and players was fantastic to see.

Special thanks go to all of those who helped to prepare the event and run it on the day, in particular Karen Beggins and the catering team, the five unflappable referees, the Red Cross medical team, the various pitch co-ordinators, team managers, score keepers, parking attendants, goal post carriers, van driver (thanks Niall Donohoe) but most especially Diarmuid Coogan who put such effort into the invitations and organisation of the day itself.

Thanks too to all of the visiting clubs who brought great attitude and enthusiasm. It is a great way to build relationships with the wider hurling community.

Finally, the biggest word of congratulations goes to the wonderful young players who displayed such skill, determination and “Meitheal" on the field of play. The club survives and thrives because of not only the background work done by many but because of the teams we put out there to represent us in the front line. Against such formidable opposition as Athenry, James Stephens, St. Vincents, Dicksboro and Loughgiel Shamrocks all the way from Antrim, the boys really worked hard and improved even as the day went on. We should be very proud of them.


Crokes abú!