Diehard GAA village ignores old boundaries in embracing cricket
HISTORY was made in the foothills of the Galtee Mountains yesterday when a small south Limerick village steeped in GAA tradition staged its first cricket match in over a century.
Galbally, which straddles the Limerick--Tipperary border, hosted an exhibition by the fledgling Thurles Cricket Club (TCC) as a special feature of the annual garden fete in the village.
"Galbally means the town land of the stranger so we are used to different people and different sports, and we like our sport here anyway," local man Ed Hennessey explained.
TCC member Pat Cawley invited locals to play alongside members of the recently established Thurles club, which now boasts 40 members, many of them hurlers. His son Aran Cawley (11) was among those playing yesterday, and the promising young cricketer was recently selected for the U-12 Munster cricket team.
Librarian, Pat Bracken was also among those enjoying yesterday's event, along with his son Kevin (11) and nephew Ronan Kennedy (15).
He said that the recent exploits of the Irish cricket team, particularly their World Cup victory over the old enemy England, had helped boost the profile of the game here.