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Tir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes - 24 August 2015

Tom O'Connor R.I.P
A dark cloud descended over the club on Sunday morning with the sad news of the passing of our much loved vice president and friend Tom O'Connor. Tom passed away after a short illness and stay at Northwick Park Hospital. Tom was a native of Co Limerick and was very proud of his native county and has been a great club servant for over the last two decades and very recently up until taking ill. 

Tom was highly involved in the minor board in earlier years to which he was still serving as President and more recently was at the forefront of the lotto committee and was always on duty on match days in Greenford and Ruislip raising funds for the club. He had a warm smile and handshake every time you met him and very much enjoyed the fun that went with the club lotto and meeting the many people who came to the club, in short he was a mighty Gael. The esteem in which Tom was held could be felt in the sadness that was expressed by members of all clubs that were in Ruislip for Sundays' games. A minutes silence was held in his honor before our match with St Kiernans. Tom is survived by his daughter Pat and we send our sincere sympathies and prayers. We hope to inform all club members of funeral arrangements in the coming days. 

May Tom rest in peace.

Home Grown Final
Our all English born panel contested the all Britain final on Saturday evening in Ruislip V Sean McDermotts from Birmingham. After an even start for both teams, McDermotts hit 1-4 on the trot to give them an 8 point lead after 20 minutes. The Gaels pulled back 2 points to go into the break 6 points adrift.

The 2nd half saw the Gaels rally and they had McDermotts pegged back when Francis McGinley rattled the onion bag and the comeback was on. They raced into a 4 point lead but McDermotts pulled a goal back and hit a 45 between the posts with the last kick to send the game into extra time.

The Gaels controlled the first period and went into the break 3 points up. The second period saw the Gaels hold their own and maintain their lead. With 5 mins left the Gaels made hard work of clearing the ball from defence and from a sideline ball launched into the box McDermotts pulled a goal back and then went on to register 3 points to confirm their victory.

It was a great game and hopefully it will kick-start this competition for the future and renew rivalries of old with clubs from other cities around England.

The seniors played St Kiernans in the 2nd round of the championship on Sunday in Ruislip. The Gaels started the game in high gear and never gave the Kiernans a sniff from start to finish. A great individual solo effort from Liam Gavigan running with the ball on the deck from the 45 to score a goal was the highlight of the first half. The defence was uncompromising and laid he foundations for Liam Gavigan, Adam Askin and Mark Gottsche to control possession and launch attacks.

A fortunate goal at the beginning of the 2nd half killed the game as a contest but the Gaels kept the scoreboard ticking over. With two wins from twp the boys can look forward to a semi-final after commanding the group.

Best Wishes
The club sends best wishes to former player and club member Danny Tully after a short illness, we hope to see him down supporting the club very soon.

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