Un­der­age hurl­ing blitz hon­ours mem­ory of the late John Kennedy

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - BY SARA GA­HAN

Over 100 boys took part in the first John Kennedy Memo­rial hurl­ing blitz in Castle­town GAA pitch, which was held in mem­ory of John who sadly passed away in a tragic farm ac­ci­dent ear­lier this year.

John’s par­ents Donal and Win­nie, to­gether with his broth­ers Daniel, Mark and Colin were in at­ten­dance at the event and were treated to skil­ful and highly en­ter­tain­ing matches from Glynn-Barn­town, Rath­nure, Rap­pa­rees and Castle­town.

The un­der 10 and un­der 9 teams fought hard on the day, but Rath­nure were the over­all win­ners who re­ceived the cup and the Rap­pa­rees won the shield. Each team mem­ber was pre­sented with a medal for par­tic­i­pat­ing by John’s broth­ers.

Every­one en­joyed a meal of roast pig on a spit and salads, which went down a treat. The or­gan­is­ers of the day would like to thank the nu­mer­ous spon­sors for mak­ing the day pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing Gar­diner Grain, Glan­bia, Glen Fu­els, Farm Ser­vices in Cool­gre­any, Siopa Linn in Tara Hill and Jim Short, Cool­gre­any.

The or­gan­is­ers want to thank all who par­tic­i­pated and helped out on the day, it was a huge suc­cess and a hon­our for John and his fam­ily.

John’s motto in life was ‘Life is what you make of it. Work hard, dream big and any­thing is pos­si­ble.’

The Castle­town Liam Mel­lows un­der-10 team. ABOVE: broth­ers Daniel, Colin and Mark Kennedy with the cup and shield at the John Kennedy Memo­rial blitz, pic­tured with the cap­tains, Oisin Larkin, Rap­pa­rees; Colin Carey, Glynn Barn­town; Mickey Codd, Rath­nure and Ian Noc­tor, Castle­town. LEFT: the late John Kennedy. The Glynn-Barn­town un­der-9 team.

The Rath­nure un­der-10 team, cup win­ners. The Rap­pa­rees un­der-9 team, shield win­ners.

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