Kiltormer News

November 8, 2018


From the Executive Committee……

The warmest of greetings to all parishioners in Kiltormer, Laurencetown and Clontuskert and to all our supporters elsewhere. We have decided to send out a newsletter to keep you in contact with the clubs activities, to acknowledge all the work that’s being done and to encourage as much support as possible.

Our remarkable history is a cause for great pride for us all. The hundreds of people who worked so hard down the years to develop the structures and facilities that we now enjoy deserve enormous credit. The energy and effort that’s currently committed to promoting hurling at all grades in our area deserves huge recognition for everyone involved.

We want to acknowledge the massive voluntary effort that is expended by players and mentors alike and hope that you continue to get as much enjoyment back as possible. We really appreciate our main sponsors Francis and Liz Dolan. All the people who help to organise our weekly lottery and bingo and all the patrons deserve special thanks. Supporters, backroom teams, pitch and complex committees along with the club officers make up the rest of the venture and are all integral parts of Kiltormer hurling club.

Sympathies to all who are bereaved at this time.

Very best wishes to all our teams in their respective campaigns for 2010.


Chair: Kieran Lynch

Secretary: Liz Dolan

Child Welfare Officer:

Brigid Frehill (086 1733189)

Coaching Officer: Niall Horan.

Juvenile hurling in Kiltormer is the bedrock of the club. We are committed to the concept of fair play and inclusiveness. Every child who comes along is welcomed and appreciated. Every effort is made to develop their hurling and character.

Training for most of the grades takes place Sunday mornings 12.00 to 1.00 with varying sessions during the week. Competitions are run so as not to coincide with each other and taking holidays and exams into account as best as possible. The county board supplies a coach into the primary schools for ten weeks in the autumn and ten in the spring. We have funded a coach outside of these times and try to help promote hurling in the schools any way we can, both primaries and secondary’s.

An Easter Camp has been run by Clodagh Glynn again this year after the success of the camp, herself and Niall Horan ran last year with fifty-five participants. It ran 29th, 30th and 31st March 10.00 to 2.00. A very successful Summer Camp was also ran last year and will happen this year Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th August Niall Horan 086 0764561 (We have asked that this date would be changed next year). La na gClub was a big day for the juveniles last year. Over sixty children participated in games after mass. Niall and Clodagh coordinated the event.

All our managers have complied with requirements around the Garda Clearance process.

This year’s managers, groups and schedules include;


Under 8

Sean Jennings (086 8599677)

Martin Coen,

Neil Lyons.

The under 8 team will play in a number of local blitzes as they did last year. There are around twenty children under eight playing every week.


Under 10

Ray Duane (087 6758185)

Gerry Campbell,

Neville Kelly.

The under tens had a successful campaign last year and finished fifth in the A championship behind the strongest teams in the area. The under tens will play in an East Galway Go Games type competition this year.

Fixtures are as follows:





Meelick/Eyrecourt each week in May.


Under 12

Ger Tully (087 2803939)

Andy Fenton,

John Rogers,

Tommy Lyons,

John Joe Broderick

Peter Campbell.

The Under 12s are playing in the C Championship again this year after contesting the county final last year. They played seventeen matches and won most well but were really unlucky to be beaten in the final. There was a panel of 27 lads last year. They will play in a group with

Sylane (14/06),

Rahoon/Newcastle (21/06),

Ballindereen (28/06) and

Ahascragh Fohenagh (08/07)

The top four teams qualify for the quarter final stages.

2009 Under 12 County Finalists

Shane Anthony Kelly, James Kilkenny, Danial Lynch, Thomas Kilkenny, Jack Kelly, Michael Dolan,Paul Lynch, Sean Frehill, Kevin Jennings, Jason Broderick , Mark Blehene, Joseph Jennings. Leon Broderick,

Sean Hopkins, Aran Mannion, Peter Lyons, Colm O’Brien, Cathal Dolan, Iarla Muldoon, Diarmad Claffey, Evan Campbell, Kevin Curley, Oisin Tully, Shane Kilkenny, Liam Downey, Tadhg Rogers. Management Sean Claffey, Kieran Lynch, Ger Kelly and Pascal Claffey


Under 14

Tony Larkin (086 8655055)

Ger Kelly,

Kieran Lynch.

The under 14s are playing in B this year having played C last year. They did well in the championship last season and are one of the groups who hurled late into the autumn and gained great benefit from an extended season. The club hosted and played in Feile. Already this year the U14’s played Ahascragh in the preliminary round of the Feile Championship but unfortunately lost out on a score line of 2-6 to 2-3.

Their group this year includes:

Kilconieron (26/04),

Tynagh/Abbey Duniry (03/05),

Moycullen (10/05),

Killimordaly (17/05) and

Pearses (24/05).

Under 16

Paul Lynch (087 2374192)

Noel McDermott,

Frank Hopkins.

The under 16s are playing in C this year in a group with

Sylane (05/07),

Ballygar (12/07),

Abbeyknockmoy (22/07),

Salthill (09/08) and

Meelick/Eyrecourt (12/08).

The top four teams will progress to the quarter finals.

We would hope to see support out in large numbers for all of the teams above.


Minors (U18)

Darragh Glynn (086 3155477),

Mike Flynn,

Colm Finnerty,

Mick Lynch.

The minor season is already underway and although the side suffered defeat against Sarsfields in the first round, the display leaves many a reason to be optimistic for the remainder of the championship.

Their remaining fixtures include

Ballindereen (26/06),

Ahascragh (03/07), and

Ballinasloe (10/07).

The top four teams from each group qualify for the preliminary quarter finals which have been provisionally fixed for the 17th of July



Kieran Lynch (086 0624340)

Ger Glynn,

Justin Campbell

The U21 season is already up and running and although the lads suffered an early setback against Cappataggle in the first round of the B championship, they bounced back in tremendous fashion with an emphatic victory over Bearna Furbo. That said, defeat to Killimordaly in Ballinasloe signalled the end of the road for this years current crop. There is great hope for the future with the ability of players in this squad. A strong effort has been made to link in any members of this squad who are not automatically linked to the seniors, juniors or minors with one of these teams to ensure they all continue to get as much hurling as possible.



Joe Tierney (086 8575249)

Fionan Curley

In group ‘B’ of the championship the juniors have been drawn against

Carnmore (23/05),

Sylane (13/06) and

Padraig Pearses (18/07).

The first place team advances directly to the quarter finals while the second and third placed teams from the group enter the preliminary quarter finals. In the league the Juniors will face


Menlo Emmett’s,


Gort and


with two teams progressing to the KO stages.


The Senior Squad

Sean McKeigue (Manager)

Benny Kenny

Tony Hough

Joe Tully

Gerry Coone

Ger Lennon

The Senior team have a busy schedule with participation in the Senior League and Championship competitions. There are five fixtures to be contested in the league with Kiltormer having been beaten well in their first outing to Beagh, putting in a great performance against Killimordaly but having been beaten narrowly, taking two points from a forfeited Portumna fixture, beating Kinvara 1-16 to 2-07 in Kinvara and losing out by 1 point to a strong Clarinbridge outfit.

Like most teams at the moment, Kiltormer have felt the effects of injuries in recent weeks. That said, players have trained hard since January doing a lot of physical training and a huge amount of hurling. Combined with no shortage of natural hurling skill, they are in a good position to get at least one up on their old and recent rivals in the coming months.

For the forthcoming championship Kiltormer lie in Group A, a group which comprises three former All Ireland club winners-namely Sarsfields, Athenry and Kiltormer – while 2006 County Champions Loughrea and Craughwell will also provide stern opposition.

Group fixtures and dates:

Kiltormer v Craughwell 25/04/2010

Kiltormer v Sarsfields 02/05/2010 or 09/05/2010

Kiltormer v Loughrea 09/05/2010 or 16/05/2010

Kiltormer v Athenry 20/06/2010 or 27/06/2010 or 11/07/2010

All fixtures are listed on a weekly basis on

Support is always welcome home and away.


The year that is upon us, is undoubtedly the most important in the camogie clubs short and extremely successful history. As a result of the girls’ heroics in the Intermediate championship last year, the club will compete in the senior championship for the very first time. That said, a step up in competition brings with it a step up in standard, and with a group comprising of County Champions Athenry, Mullagh, St. Thomas’ and Davitt’s. The Kiltormer ladies will be facing their toughest year yet but as they have proven before, are more than capable of stepping up to the plate on the day.

Elsewhere, the club will field teams from U10 right up to senior level. Expectations will be high for the U14’s as they set about the defending their County title, while the U16’s received a terrific boost with the selection of Sinead Cormican, Aoife Dolan, Clare Curley and Sarah Curley onto the Galway U16 panel.

Already this year, many of the girls have encountered success with there respective schools. Tracey Lyons and Aoife Dolan were members of the Banagher College Senior side that captured the Leinster ‘C’ title. Ruth Kilkenny was full back on the Portumna Community College senior team that retained their Connacht Colleges ‘A’ title, before going down to BSC Lismore in the All Ireland semi-final. Sinead Cormican captained Ard Scoil Mhuire to success in the Connacht College’s Junior B championship, other Kiltormer girls to feature on that side included Clare and Sarah Curley.


Dinner Dance

Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe played host to an extremely enjoyable Dinner Dance, held towards the end of January. Here, members, supporters and friends of the club shared an evening in celebration of the season passed. It was also an occasion to honour the teams and people who excelled in the past year.

The hurlers of 1959 who captured the East Board Junior hurling title defeating Ballinakill were honoured in what was the 50th anniversary of their historic win.

The Intermediate camogie side who claimed the League and championship crowns in 2009 were also honoured for their outstanding achievements. Also on the night special awards were presented to the nine girls who wore the maroon and white in the past year. They included Shauna Broderick (U13), Sinead Cormican (U16), Chantal Muldoon (U16), Ruth Kilkenny (U18), Amanda Lynch (U18), Adrienne Cormican (Intermediate), Stacey Coen (Intermediate), Lorraine Pardy (Intermediate) and Clodagh Glynn (Senior).

 Lawrence Larkin

The passing of Laurence Larkin over the Christmas period has left the area of Clontuskert, Kiltormer and Laurencetown without one of its favourite sons. Born in 1925 to John and Annie Larkin, Laurence was the only boy in a family of five. Farming was his way of life and it was a lifestyle he loved.

In 1950 he married Mary Delia Glynn from Killoran. They had a family of twelve, eight girls and four boys. While he commenced his hurling with Clontuskert, he won a junior medal with Mullagh in 1956. Following the amalgamation of the three parishes in 1969, Laurence became very involved in the running of the club. He served as a selector, club delegate and was Club Chairman for ten years. This paved the way for his involvement with the Galway Hurling Board, where he served as Vice Chairman from 1985 to 1996. At the time of his death, Laurence was President of the County Hurling Board.

Laurence had a keen interest in Gaelic football and was Chairman of the South/East G.P.C from 1984 to 1996. Laurence had a life long involvement with other associations namely Killalaghton Macra Na Feirme, the NFA, the IFA, the Killalaghton Drama Group, Ballinasloe Livestock Mart, the Ballinasloe Show society and Mid West Farmers Co-op. His reposing in the GAA complex in Kiltormer, brought crowds from far and near and he was laid to rest in the family plot in Clontuskert graveyard overlooking the GAA field.


Pitch and Complex

Looking after the pitch and the complex takes a huge amount of work. The complex is used for hurling training, indoor soccer, squash, racquetball, handball, karate, bingo and meetings. It was painted last year and has along with the mammoth task it was to build it twenty-two years ago taken a big effort to maintain since. The complex can be booked through Doreen (086)3746670 or Ger (086)3807885. The pitch also takes an amount of work and is often commented on by visitors when well lined out, flagged, etc. It was aerated, fertilised and rolled recently. Grass cutting isn’t an issue at the minute unfortunately. Drains were cleaned and all in all it’s in good condition if grass started to grow. Credit to the pitch and complex committee and to Cass, Bobby, Maureen and Gerry.



Fulfilling the idea that the GAA is linked to many facets of social life at many ages, Bingo provides a great outlet for up to two hundred people on a weekly basis. The jackpot is €1,300 and is won every five weeks or less often after three or four weeks. Prize money given our every night is €1,730 and on the night of the jackpot totals €2,880. People can have a cup tea for free at the break. It’s a great social night out where people meet and chat, something that’s not happening enough nowadays


Sean Cormican and Eamon Óg Lally Tournament

The Sean Cormican/Eamon Óg Lally tournament celebrated its fourth year in existence during last Augusts Bank holiday weekend. Cappataggle triumphed in the minor competition while Kiltormer won the senior title beating Mullagh in the final. Last year was also the first year that an U12 competition was run in conjunction with the tournament. Tommie Larkins, Kiltormer, Killimor and Mullagh were the four teams that participated in the U12 matches.

We plan to run the tournament again this year on the August bank holiday weekend.


Golf Classic

The Golf Classic happened on the 28th and 29th of August last year in Ballinasloe Golf Club. Almost seventy teams took part. The four-ball, two scores counting on 17 holes and four scores on the eighteenth was highly competitive. Vincent Treacy’s team from Portumna came first. A great night was had by all at the presentations. There was huge sponsorship which was very much appreciated. We are already planning this year’s classic.



The lottery is currently near €12,000. It ran to almost €20,000 on one occasion. It was won twice last year. There are five lucky dips every week. The prize is always maintained above €5,000.

The club takes a big effort to sustain financially. The lottery provides an interesting diversion for people and is our key funding mechanism. There are a number of ways by which people can participate. The preferred option is to buy a ticket from a local seller or in a local shop or pub on a weekly basis. People can purchase annual lottery tickets for €100 straight off and enter 52 draws. There is also an option to go online to and subscribe for a number of weeks. Finally, an individual can fill out a direct debit mandate from their own bank with their own name in the reference box. The name appears on our bank account when money is transferred and no further details are required or held by us. Its between the patron and their own bank.

A number of people living away from the club participate and we would really like to increase the numbers participating like this.

Draws rotate between the five pubs and are held on Saturday nights. There is a very dedicated and hard working team attached to each location to ensure the lottery is run fairly and efficiently.

You can fill in your details on the attached slip and return to Liam Dervan, Laurencetown (Chair of the lotto committee) with a request to participate and we will contact you to arrange a payment method. Liam’s number is (089)4130321.

We would like to extend a huge thanks to all the patrons, sellers, Gullanes and Raymond Kenny who sponsor the envelopes and our own teams of organisers for their contribution to the club.


Fund raisers

Other fund raisers are run from time-to-time. Your support for these is greatly appreciated.

Finally we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.





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