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Castlebar Mitchels Hurling
Hurling on the Green is up & running for Easter
By Michael Murphy
10, Apr 2006 - 19:27

For the fifth year Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Club are running an Easter & Summer project titled 'HURLING ON THE GREEN’ (for children 12 and under), providing the children of Castlebar an opportunity to play hurling/camogie, while having lots of fun, on green areas, at no cost once you become a member.

When? this Easter from Monday April 10th -Thursday April 13th and from Tuesday April 18th - Friday April 21st

Time? 10am – 1.30pm.

Where? Monday, Wednesday and Friday sessions will be on the Mall

Tuesday and Thursday sessions on St. Bridget’s Crescent

Summer details will be announced later

Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Academy (for teens 13 – 17Yrs)

For the second year Castlebar Mitchels Hurling Club are running an Easter & Summer Academy for teens. Once again there is no cost once you are a member.

When? this Easter from Monday April 10th -Thursday April 13th

and from Tuesday April 18th - Friday April 21st

Time? 2.30pm – 5.30pm.

Where? An Sportlann

Genfit Cup

The Genfit Cup got underway last Saturday evening in Tooreen. Unfortunately we went down to Tooreen on a 3-8 to 0-6 scoreline. Keith Staunton, Martin Clarke, David Horan and Sean Granahan, who scored three points, were the pick of the Mitchels players. On Saturday evening next they play Ballina in Castlebar at 6.30pm.


The minors lost out to Ballyhaunis in the county semi-final on a 4-8 to 2-4 scoreline. Ballyhaunis with the wind at their back built up a 2-7 to 1-0 interval lead and try as they might Mitchels could not pull back the lead.

Team; E. Murtagh, C. Douglas, D. Collins, B. Kelly C. Hayes,G. Hayes, S. O’Malley P. Fitzgerald, D. Sheridan, R. Kenny, S. Gavin, A. Buttler, C. Sheridan, J. Sweeney, B. Rafftery, D. McTigue, S. Fitzgerald, J. Cotter.

Under 16s

The under 16s had a busy week. On Wednesday the Section 2 played Ballina and won on a 5-6 to 3-3 scoreline. Mitchels lead by 2-4 to 1-3 at half time but Ballina pushed them to the end. James Lowe, Ronan Kenny, David O’Malley and Luke McGrath who scored 2-3 were the pick of the Mitchels team.

Team; M. Gallagher,J. Lowe, C. Walsh, R. Kenny, M. O’Donnell, N. McCarney, C. Morris, C. Killion, D. O’Malley, L. McGrath, S. Brizay, F. Durkan, R. O’Dea, A. Gavin, D. McHale, Michéal Clune.

On Saturday last the under 16s went down in the final of the Suck Valley Shield to Pearses of Roscommon on a 1-7 to 1-4 scoreline. Mitchels led at half time by 1-3 to 0-4 points and held on to their lead for most of the second half but a strong finish by Pearses who got a late goal saw off the Mitchels challenge.

Team; J. Cotter, C. Morris, C. Walsh, M. O’Donnell, E. McCarney, R. Kenny, M. Gallagher, L. Murphy, P. Redmond, N. McCarney, A. Buttler(1-3), D. O’Malley, L. McGrath, S. Fitzgerald, L. Williams(0-1), D. McTigue, S. Brizay, V. O’Brien, C. Killion, C. Cox, R. Flynn, M. Clune.

Next week the section 1 team plays Ballyhaunis while the section 2 team plays Belmullet.

Contact People

Under 8 Fr. Michael Murphy 0857345167

Under 10 Conal O’Domhnaill 0876877489

Under 12 Barry Murphy 0868318748

Under 14 Gerry Lane 0878278705

Under 16 Michael Clune 0879685577

Under 18 Darren Greaney 0872671369

Senior Ray Coy 0872021677

Club Coach Ger White 0863520671

Chairperson Tony Stakelum 086 8586842


There is no training for under 8, 10, 12, or 14s during the Easter break as they will be taking part in Hurling on the Green and the Hurling Academy.


Interested in playing Camogie for Castlebar Mitchels.

Junior Team trains on Wednesdays at 7pm in Davitt College.

Under 14 Camogie training on Wednesdays at 7pm in Davitt College also.

Equipment is available through Team Managers or Club Coach


Marita Murtagh and Martin Walsh both spun the wheel last week in Coadys and won €100 each. Dick Geraghty won the House Draw while John Gleeson and Olivia Heffernan won €20 each.

Hurling on the Green Comments from 2005

"Hurling on the Green made me a much better hurler. Everyday we’d learn something new. We were also told to start using our weak side and now my weak side is the same as my strong side. I started as a beginner before Hurling on the Green and now I am great. I had a great summer". Andrew aged 9

"I liked it because it got me out of bed at 9am. I started hurling when I was 7 years old. I learned how to hold the hurley right and how to jab lift and roll lift".

"Hurling on the Green will be one of the best things you will ever do. I know, because I was there. We played hurling and lots of other fun stuff. The coaches were very caring and it was the best way to spend your summer". Dylan aged 9.

"It meant my whole life doing it. I made new friends. I learned blocking, lifting the ball, chipping and pucking. It was fun until the day was done. I loved Hurling on the Green". Conor aged 10

"I never knew how to jab lift but now I do". Grace aged 10

"The hurling was cool. I learned how to chip the ball and to give a drop shot and how to wallup the ball to the other side of the Mall, well far enough. I had lots of fun and made lots of friends". David aged 8

"I enjoyed Hurling on the Green because I learned loads of skills and I think it was organised really well". Eamon 5th Class

"I had great fun at blocking and hooking". James aged 8


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