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Bere island GAA 2004

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Bere Is.footballers win All-Ireland
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The rival captains, Karen O’Sullivan, Beara, at left and Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Athea, Co. Limerick, right, with referee Pat Piggott, Kerry, prior to the start of the Munster intermediate ladies football final at Dr. Croke’s Club, Killarney.

DOWN through the years, Bere Island was noted for producing some top class GAA footballers. From the early 1930s, some of the island’s outstanding players included the O’Sullivan brothers, Donal, Louis and Fr Joe, the Murphys, Fr Bob, Weeshie and Brendan; John (Cushee) and Peadar O’Sullivan, Tommy Coughlan, Mick Newton and many, many others. Now, in 2004, Bere Island are All-Ireland champions.

A few week-ends ago, a group of fifty-nine travelled from Bere Island to Inisboffin, to see Bere Island take the title of All-Ireland champions for the first time by defeating Clare Island. The group left Bere on the 7.45 ferry and after enduring a rough crossing, arrived in Boffin at 7 p.m. At a meeting that evening, draws were made to decide each group. Bere Island ladies were drawn to meet Inis Mor, Inis Oirr and Clare Island. Although beaten, the ladies’ team deserve great credit for their hard work and commitment over the years and are entitled to a break — after all, they won the title three years in a row. It was left to the men to do it this year.

Bere Island fielded two teams. Bere Island A team got a tough draw, meeting Clare Island, Inis Boffin and Inis Meain, only two of which were to go through. Unfortunately, Bere and Boffin didn’t succeed, even though Bere gave it their all and credit is due to them for their determination and fight.

Bere Island B team met with Inis Oirr and Inis Turk. Beating Inis Oirr saw them through to the semifinal on a score of 1-3 to 0-3. Their meeting with Inis Turk was to decide who they were to meet in the semi-final. All the team played well and emerged victorious on a final score of 1-2 to 0-4, ensuring them a meeting with Inis Meain. This was to be the last game of the evening, and although darkness was setting in, it didn’t affect their performance. Another great game of football saw Bere securing a place in the final against Clare Island. The final score of this game was Bere Island 1-4, Inis Meain 0-4.

Following a very sensible night, the lads took to the pitch at 12 noon, knowing they had a tough fifty minutes ahead of them, but had the will and determination to achieve what they truly deserved. While playing against the wind in the first half, Bere held their own and at half time were down two points, with the score Clare 0-4, Bere 0-2. Bere Island were all fired up for the second half with plenty of support from the sideline. Three points each scored during this period, saw Bere still down two points with only minutes remaining, when the magic foot of Ben Murphy put the ball in the back of the Clare Island net, crowning Bere Island All-Ireland champions for the first time on a final score of 1-7 to 0-7. After presenting the cup, Donal O’Shea (Clare Island), chairman of the tournament, said that although he was disappointed his team lost, he was delighted for Bere Island who have made a major contribution to the tournament since it began in 1998. Bere Island had another first in the tournament where goalie, Derek Harrington maintained a clean sheet, no other island achieved this. Well done Derek.

The Bere Island GAA Club would like to thank all those who travelled, those who couldn’t travel but were there in spirit, both men’s and ladies’ teams, who did their island proud, and most especially, Mary Mullins and Bernie Murphy for organising the week-end from Bere Island. Saturday night last, saw celebrating on Bere Island with the cup being on display in Dessie’s Bar followed by music and craic in the hotel. A great night was had by all. Now they look forward to next year’s tournament and to retaining the cup. A reminder that football training for the younger population is ongoing in the “Rec” on Saturday’s between 1 and 2 p.m. All ages welcome. Congratulations and well done to Bere Island on their great win.

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Re: Bere island GAA 2004

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All Island All-Ireland Football Tournament Clare Island lose crown to Bere
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CLARE ISLAND seemed to have this final in the bag when a bolt from the blue , in the shape of a pile driver by the Cork side’s Ben Murphy hit the roof of the Clare Island net. This well matched tie saw Clare Island leading from the beginning with three points by John Evens being answered by points for Bere by Jim Hanley and Mike Sullivan, leaving the half time score of Clare island 0-4 Bere Island 0-2.

The second half seemed to be more of the same with 3 points for Patrick O’Leary being matched by a similar number by Jim Hanley for Cork.the two point lead with 2 minutes to go seemed sufficient for Clare to retain their title, but a break through Clares centre by the Cork side saw the ball reach Ben Murphy, who shot from about 25 yards out giving the Clare Island keeper no chance and giving Bere Island the title for the first time.

Chairman of the tournament, Donal O’Shea in thanking all who participated in the week-end in one way or another said that though he was disappointed that his own club lost the final, he was delighted for Bere Island ,whom he stated had made a major contribution to the tournament since its inception in 1998.He thanked Minister, Eamon O’Cuiv TD, for his grant-aid to the tournament each year. Clare island had some consolation in that Michael McCabe , was awarded’ Man of the match’. for a brilliant display.

Teams: Clare Island; Brendan Burns, Michael McCabe, Kevin Flynn, Andrew O’Leary, Martin Moran, Michael Oliver Moran, John Evens, Patrick O’Leary, James O’Toole, Joe O’Toole, Michael Hastings, Conor Flynn, Oisin Moran, Patraic O’Malley, Olaf Gill. Manager; Oliver O’Malley, Coach, Eddie O’Malley. Bere Island B; Derek Harrington, Maurice O’Sullivan, John Paul Downey, Michael Orpen, Gary Moriarty, Jim Hanley, Mike Sullivan, Michael Crowley, David Elphic, Ben Murphy, Shane Harrington, William Sullivan ,Barry Murphy, Michael Downey, Brendan Murphy. Manager; Barry Murphy Coach Brendan Murphy.

Semi-final Clare island got scare from Inishturk

Inishturk got off to a brilliant start and led by 0-5 to 0-3 at half -time .There were still there with minutes to go but goals from Oisin Moran and Joe O’Toole to two points from Inishturk, gave Clare the edge at the end. Full Results. The competition was divided ino two groups which were Group A :Clare Island, Inis Meain, Inishboffin, Bere A Group B :Inishturk, Bere B, Inis Oirr, with the top two teams qualifying for the Semi-finals. Group A Group B

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