GAA Report 1994
The highlight of this year was the official opening of our new G.A.A. field at Toher Road on May 1st. The opening was performed by the ex-president of the G.A.A. Peter Quinn, who caused quite a stir by touching down in Doon by helicopter. His Excellency the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Terence McCarthy and his wife made a welcome return to the village and also officiated at the opening. In the tourament game to mark the occasion, a large crowd saw Limerick beat Laois in an entertaining encounter. A great day for the club and the people of Doon was rounded off by a dance in the Community Centre, where the ever popular Jimmy Buckley, provided the entertainment. On the playing fields, 1994 was not as successful as other years. The senior team were pitted with Kilmallock, Ahane and Cappamore in the new-style county championship. The first game resulted in a good win over old rivals Cappamore. However defeat was our lot against Kilmallock and Ahane (twice) A series of play-off matches to avoid relegation followed and eventually Hospital-Herberstown were defeated 4-9 to 1-9 and so the club maintains it's senior status next year.
The Junior team had a poor year failing to win anything of note. Interest in the league ended with Ballybricken defeating us in the semi-final. The team had two good wins over Fedamore and Pallasgreen in the intermediate championship but Ballybricken were our conquerors in the final after a replay. In the championship first round Caherline were defeated but Ahane beat us by the narrowest of margins in the semi-final. The team reached the Brien Butler Cup final but again Ahane were the masters.
The Club's third string Junior B team had a very successful season. The East league title was captured, beating Ahane in the final. Ballybrown were defeated in the county semi-final and Bruree were our opponents in the final. An injury time goal from Mike Roche gave us a famous victory 2-9 to 3-4. October 16th will be remember as the day a twelve year wait ended when this team annexed the county title beating Askeaton 1-5 to 0-2 in the final. In the first round Knockane gave Doon a real fright before going under 3-11 to 3-5. Pallasgreen were easily beaten in the East final. Doon now faced a strong Na Piarsaigh side in the county semi-final but emerged winners by ten points. A large crowd of supporters travelled to Croom for the final and a second half goal from John Ryan sealed a memorable victory.
The minor team had a good year reaching the county final where they had two great tussles with arch-rivals Patrickswell. In the league campaign the team had big wins over all opponents after losing to the Well in the first game. The county semi-final pitted us against Na Piarsaigh and in a hard fought encounter we emerged winners by eight points. The county final was played in Kilmallock on September llth. Patrickswell were hot favourites but came up against a Doon side hungry for victory. A pointed free from Paddy Coleman a minute from time sent both teams back to the same venue for a replay on October 2nd. This was as close and exciting as the drawn game but the Well were a little sharper and a. goal from a free proved decisive as they emerged victorious over a gallant Doon side. 1-10 to 0-9.
The U-16 team were expected to be challenging for major honours this year but were surprisingly beaten by Knockainey in the county semi-final after remaining unbeaten in the league campaign. The U-21 team failed to regain their East title, losing to Cappamore in the final. The U-14 team regained the East crown but lost to a strong Adare team in the county semi-final. Feile na nGael returned to Limerick this year where Down champions Portaferry were guests of the club. The U-12's bridged a ten year gap by capturing the East title beating St. Liberties in the final. Team member Michael McKenna played in Croke Park in the I.N.T.O "Mini Sevens" during the All-Ireland Semi-finals in August.
The building of dressing rooms at the new G.A.A. field are at an advanced stage. Fundraising events continue with the field opening on May 1st and the Sale of Work in October the major money-earners. The club are very grateful to all our supporters who attended games and fund-raising events as well as supporting the Limerick G.A.A. Development Draw. As we approach 1995 we look forward to another playing season and the opening of our magnificent new dressing rooms at Toher Road.
Michael Ryan P.R.O