A Recap from the Weekend John West Feile Peil na nÓg 2019

July 3rd, 2019 | by St James GAA
A Recap from the Weekend John West Feile Peil na nÓg 2019
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It was certainly a weekend to remember for the St. James’ club. The boys and girls club hosted Feile Peil na nÓg 2019. When reflecting on the weekend, you would have to say that it was a massive weekend for the club and a very successful one at that. Hundreds gathered at Mervue on the Friday evening for the opening ceremony. Amhrán na bhFiann was played at high volume by Daire Crowe who controlled the speaker box over the course of the weekend. Young jimmies gathered in numbers and lined up beside the teams as mascots for the National Anthem.

At the same time the girls U-14 team were getting ready for their games in Headford. They were tied in group with St. Fursey’s, Knockainey and Clonguish. Unfortunately, Colin Murphys side were missing quite a few players before a ball had ever been thrown in and this did not help matters. Nevertheless, they gave it their all but were defeated in both games on the Friday night to Clonguish and St. Fursey’s. In addition, the games in Mervue for the boys started with the opening tie between the Jimmies and Dunboyne of Meath. The game was tied with 2 points a piece at half-time. James’ were denied a goal chance in the first half which would have put them in the lead at half time. Dunboyne took the lead in the second period and maintained their 4 point lead for the rest of the game. Johnny Regans side missed a lot of opportunities in the second half and there was little doubt that they left this game behind them. The full time score read 1-7 to 1-3. They had to bounce back straight away with a tough encounter with Craughwell. James’ emerged winners of this tie 1-5 to 0-3 and they played out of their skins. Every ball they contested they won and their attitude was superb. James had 2 points on the board after the games had ended on Friday evening. Craughwell defeated St. Lomans and lost to James. Dunboyne won 2 of their games defeating the Jimmies and Lomans.

On the Saturday it was the James’ girls who had it all for doing. Despite losing their opening games they showed good character against a very strong Knockainey outfit who went on to reach the final but were beaten. Again, the girls were defeated along with the James’ boys team. It was a sunny double header in Mervue and the set up was exceptional to say the least. Flags, bunting, marquee, speaker box, fans and everything that makes GAA special was present at HQ. Although the Jimmies lost both of their games to their hosts on Saturday, this did not dampen their spirits. After the games had ended, everyone gathered round and David Henry & Aoife Concannon gave a speech about the weekend and thanked everyone who made the event in Mervue a success. Paul Conroy of St. James’ & Galway spoke to all the kids about Feile and his experiences down through the years. He and Aoife presented their hosts clubs (St. Lomans & Knockainey) with a momentum and Feile magazine which included a 100 page supplement on Feile by David Henry. After all the pictures were taken, all roads led to Mayo and Roscommon for the 4 boys and girls teams.

The boys played Padraig Pearses in the Shield Quarter-final in Bekan (Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence). Regans side never got going collectively and were beaten 2-3 to 4-8. A disappointing result considering their performances of the Friday evening. The girls too lost to St. Mary’s of Mayo in their Shield Quarter final. This game was played in Roscommon and they were unfortunate not to come away with a win. Nevertheless, everyone returned to Mervue that evening for a big slap up meal sponsored by none other than Michael John Crowe. Mr. Whippy was also on site selling ice cream for dessert. All the children from the different clubs mingled well and got to know one another very well. A lot of good memories made from the weekend no doubt. Our hosts clubs, Lomans were knocked out on the Saturday evening but Knockainey reached the Feile final but were defeated by 4 points in the end.

The club would like to thank everyone for helping out with Feile 2019. It took a lot of planning and organizing in order to make this weekend a major success. Without the generosity of the people and local businesses, this event would not have been possible. It was noted by many people that this was the best venue and set up in the province. If you were down in Mervue over the course of the weekend one could to relate to this statement. The place never looked better, the atmosphere and community spirit was hopping. A date that will be never forgotten and will be talked about by future generations to come.

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