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Fitting tribute to memory of Shane

St Brigid's GAA club were very proud to run the Shane O'Neill Memorial under-16 hurling blitz at Russell Park last Saturday.

Shane played hurling and football for St Brigid's but it was the small ball that loved most. Shane sadly passed away at the young age of 25 years in December 1996.

In 1997, a group of Shane's friends and family organised the Shane O'Neill Memorial Cup. At that time the competition was played for by senior teams with previous winners including both Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) and Ballygunner (Waterford).


The competition was last played for in 2001 but it was decided that the cup should be brought back into being this year.

There were three trophies up for grabs on the day with The Cup, The Shield and The Plate bringing competitions of high quality.

The Plate was contested between Easkey (Sligo) and Kildare with Kildare coming out on top while The Shield was contested between Fingallians and Whitehall Colmcille with the former proving victorious in what was a well contested game.

The Cup Final was played between the host club St Brigid's and St Rynagh's from Offaly.

This turned out to be a cracking game with the visitors bursting into an early lead of 1-1 to 0-1.

The home club however were keen to get their hands on the trophy and by half-time, they had managed to trim their arrears to the bare minimum (1-3 to 0-5) by the interval.

St Brigid's, now aided by the wind, started the second-half like men on a mission.

A superbly-worked piece of possession play culminated in Kevin Callaghan crashing the sliotar to the back of net and that score proved telling as the Blanchardstown club drove home to prevail by 1-10 to 1-4.

The presentation of trophies took place in the clubhouse with the trophies presented to the winning captains by Kitty O'Neill, Shane's mother and his brother Eoin.

"Overall the day went very well, with some excellent hurling on offer," said St Brigid's Director of Hurling Tim O'Mahony.

"All players and mentors are to be commended for the manner in which the games were played.

"St Brigid's would like to thank the organisers and all those club members who volunteered on the day. A very special thanks goes to the O'Neill family for their attendance and participation on the day," he added.