2022 Tournament Launch Night takes place this Friday night at 7pm at Clane GAA - Further Details below
Clane GAA are delighted to announce the hosting of the 2nd annual John Reidy Memorial Hurling Tournament, sponsored by the ‘Playing Fields’ music festival (www.theplayingfields.ie) which will take place at the club grounds in Conneff Park on Saturday, June 4th, 2022.
After a hugely successful inaugural tournament last year, it promises to be yet another festival of hurling with a host of quality teams lined up to attend including
- Clane GAA, Kildare (Hosts)
- Tooreen GAA, Mayo
- Blackrock National Hurling Club, Cork
- Moycullen GAA, Galway
- Burgess GAA, Tipperary
- Inniscarra GAA, Cork
- Buffers Alley, Wexford
- Navan O'Mahoney's, Meath
There will be more than 20 inter county hurlers on show representing their clubs with multiple All Ireland Final referee Fergal Horgan (TBC) officiating the tournament.
Without the Covid restrictions from 2021, this year promises to be even bigger and better. Entry is free and we hope to see a big crowd from both the local community and afar in attendance to make this a real family fun festival event. There will be lots of activities including long puck, beat the county goalkeeper penalty contest, wall ball competitions, coaching classes and more. In addition to our bar and clubhouse, we will have a family BBQ, a pop-up shop from Kilkenny based sportswear and equipment manufacturer Cleere Sports (https://cleeresports.com), a marching band and lots more to cater for attendees. Later that evening after the prize giving there will be live music from local musicians.
As for the tournament format, the 8 teams will be divided into 2 groups of 4; each team will play a minimum of 4 games inc. 3 group matches of 30 mins each (2 x 15mins). There will then be 4 finals with the top team in each group playing in the John Reidy Cup Final, 2nd placed teams will play in the shield final and so on. The finals will be 40-minute matches (2 x 20 mins).
An official Tournament launch event will take place at Clane GAA on Friday, May 20th and will be hosted by Anthony Daly, the legendary All-Ireland double winning Captain with Clare and current Sunday Game analyst and host of the very successful Irish Examiner ‘Dalo’s Hurling Show’ podcast. Representatives from all the teams will be in attendance for a photo shoot, there will be a preview of the event with Anthony Daly as MC and this will be followed by Live Music. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided and it all kicks off at 6.30pm.
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John Reidy who sadly passed away on August 16th, 2019 was a man who gave so much to Clane and Kildare hurling. His death sent shock-waves through the entire Kildare hurling community and further afield. Last year our club hosted the inaugural John Reidy Memorial Hurling Tournament to honour John and we look forward to hosting this years tournament.
We encourage you to read this tribute to John Reidy which appeared in the Nenagh Guardian
Tribute to popular Gael, who never lost his passion for his native area - Click Here