DOON GAA (2008)

It gives me great pleasure to give you an account of our Club this year. Our senior team had a very good start to the year. The seniors won the County League and only suffered one defeat to Patrickswell. The team was captained by Derek Ryan.
The most significant aspect this year was succeeding in beating Patrickswell in the Senior Championship. This was the first time the win was achieved and it gave a great spirit to the team.
The senior team qualified for the last eight, reaching quarter-final stages in the championship, but had to give best to a superior Ahane team. They also qualified for the East Final with an under strength team, were beaten by Murroe-Boher. It finished disappointingly because there is more potential in this team. Manager Denis Barry, Selectors, Denis Kennedy, John Stokes, Coach; Tony Trehy, First Aid: John Collins.

Junior A
The Junior A team won the East Junior League and were beaten by Effin in the County Semi-Final. This team also qualified for the East Junior Championship Final but were beaten by Ahane in terrible weather conditions in Caherally. The Junior A team were later defeated by Monagea in the County quarter final. The team was captained by James Fox and was managed by Jim McGrath, selector Liam Kennedy, First Aid Con Barry.

Junior B
The Junior B team qualified for the East League final beating Caherline, Ballybricken, Pallas and Murroe but were beaten by Caherline in the League Final. They went on to beat St. Mary’s Rathkeale, the West Champions and are now in Co. Championship semi-final awaiting a replay against Bruree. The Captain was Dan Holmes, Manager, Mike Ryan (B) Selectors Patsy Ryan (R) Paddy Coleman. First Aid Con Barry.

This team started the season losing to Murroe-Boher, later had victories over St. Ailbe’s and Ahane to qualify for the East Final. In a close hard fought battle we were fortunate to draw and had a comfortable victory in the replay. Next was Granagh / Ballingarry in the County Quarter final; they showed great talent and proved this is a good team. Kilmallock is our next game in County Semi - Final on Sunday 16th November. (Unfortunately a narrow defeat). Team captain - George Allis, Manager: Brian Treacy, Selectors: Tom Murphy, Paddy Maloney, Liam Kennedy. First Aid: Con Barry.

The Minors had a good campaign; they reached the City / East Final. They were beaten by Killultea / Gaels but qualified to go through to Division 1 County Semi Final. They defeated Blackrock and are now awaiting Newcastle West in the final on Sunday 9th November. Best wishes to all the panel: Captain: Jack O’Connell, Manager: Sean Lysaght, Selectors; James O’Brien,Tom Murphy, Paddy Coleman.

Doon was proudly represented on the Limerick Senior team this year by
Michael Fitzgerald and Denis Maloney. On the Intermediate team we had
David Stapleton, Michael McKenna and Niall Maher.

U21 - Niall Maher, Minor - Cathal McNamara, U16 - Martin Byrnes, Gerard
McPartland, U-15 - Liam Ryan (5), Colm 0 Cummin. U-14 Darragh
Stapleton. INTO Mini-sevens: Croke Park - Dean Coleman and Stephen
Ryan. Primary Game in Thurles, Pat Ryan (5).

Congratulations to Shane Whelan, Cullen Road, Oola, who was selected Junior B East Hurler of the Year. Shane is son of Mary and John and is a very dedicated player. Best of luck Shane and continued success.
We have plenty of talent on our teams and with good support and encouragement we will bring a Senior County Championship to Doon in the near future.
The Club would like to thank all those who volunteer their time to coach and prepare our Players, Managers, Selectors, Coaches, First Aid. Thanks also to our hard working Lotto Committee. Many thanks to Denis Kennedy who looks after the field and has everything in place, also for his help and support. Sympathies to all who have lost loved ones during the year.

Caitlín Uí Riain (S).

Niall Maher U21 East Hurler of the Year 2008. Congratulations to Niall Maher who was selected East U- 21 hurler of the year. Niall is son of Mairéad and Niall Toomaline and are a very proud hurling family. Niall showed his talent at a young age and played on the Limerick Primary School Team. He has played underage, minor and was part of this year’s U21 panel. His brothers Pádraig, Rodger and Cathal also hurl and his sister Cathy will wear the Doon jersey in the future. His Uncles Eamon, Sean, Rodgie, Jimmy all wore the Doon jersey with pride. His late Granddad Paddy Creamer won 3 County Senior Championships with Cappamore and 3 with Ahane and a National League Medal with Limerick, and his Uncle Pa played with Limerick in the late eighties. Niall was East Intermediate Hurler of the Year 2007. Niall is a current player on our Senior Team. Best of Luck Niall and hope you have a long and fruitful career on the playing fields.


Our U16 team worked very hard all year under the guidance of manager Niall Maher and his selectors James O’Donovan and Gerdie McGrath. Playing in Division 1 they played 9 games in their championship beating Mungret, Ahane, Claughaun, Patrickswell, Na Piarsaig, Newcastle West, Deel Rangers and Na Fianna while losing to Kilmallock and Adare. This qualified them for a county semi-final where they went under to a very strong Adare side. They gave many great performances during the year and proved themselves a very credible 3rd best team in the county.
Our U14 team started the year by winning the East Féile na Gael competition beating Ahane in the final. In the championship we again beat Ahane to win the EAST final before going under to Patrickswell in the county semi final by a few points. This game, played in Monaleen, was a great performance from our lads who only succumbed to a much physically stronger Patrickswell team in the final few minutes. In the county league we got to the county semi final before losing to Adare in a replay.
This team was looked after by manager Jim McGrath and his selectors Ger McNamara, Rodgie Maher, Fr. Ryan and Eddie Stapleton.
Our U12 team under the guidance of Br. Dormer and Joanne Breen won all their games to again reach the EAST final versus Ahane. In this game, played in Cappamore, scores were tight and we were well in contention for most of the game before eventually going under by 3 points. We were beaten by a very strong Mungret team in the county semi-final. In the County league we had some great wins over Kilmallock, Bruff and Patrickswell before again going out to Mungret in the semi-final.
Our U10’s were looked after this year by Jack Ryan, Alan and Barry O’Brien and Colin O’Dwyer. They played in an all county blitz in September against Hospital, St. Liberties, Ballybrown, Pallas, Bruff and Mungret. Along the way they also played challenge games against Murroe-Boher and Garryspillane. At the time of writing a Doon tournament hosting Cappamore, Pallasgreen, Sean Treacy’s and ourselves is being organised having fallen foul of the weather in October.
Our U6 and U8s continue to show their enthusiasm to learn our game every Saturday morning. In May we took part in a 4 week blitz playing 3 games every Saturday against Cappamore, Pallas and Kilteely. We also hosted a very successful U8 tournament during the year. Along the way we also played challenge games against Pallas, Cappamore and Monaleen (twice), Sean Treacy’s, Pallasgreen and Cappamore. This young group was looked after by Mark Doyle, Declan Ryan, Anne McPartland and Francis Cummins.
In July our very successful VHI Cul Camp was again held with over 6o boys and girls enjoying themselves and improving their skills along the way.

Declan Ryan

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