It was a chance meeting after an AC/DC concert in June where the seed was sown for a meet-up between our Ballboden St. Endas Camogie girls with girls from John Locke’s GAA club in Callan, County Kilkenny. The conversation started with a review of the concert, moved onto the merits of Hanging Baskets and ended up with the GAA (as all conversations inevitably do)

A fixture was set up for last Sunday with 20 under-9/10/11 girls from Callan stopping off in Cherryfield on their way to supporting the Cats in their semi-finals in Croke Park. A combination of under-9s and 11s from Ballyboden was hastily put-together and the Boden kits retrieved from the bottom of the laundry baskets for the call to action.

The matches themselves showed off great skills from both sides and were both competitive and sporting. Our Under-9s and 11s combined well together to create some great scores while also exhibiting great battling skills to protect their own goal.

Matches were followed by the traditional Boden welcome for the visitors in the clubhouse. Parents of our girls provided sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and teas and coffees for the visitors and the conversations continued with return fixtures discussed for the future. The hospitality was greatly appreciated by the visitors and they boarded the bus to go and watch their Senior Hurlers defeat Waterford in Croke Park (so no surprise ending there!)

Many thanks go to the organisers of the day and to all the parents for laying on such generous hospitality.

Finally, special thanks go to John Locke’s GAA club for making the trip. John Locke incidentally was a poet from Callan who could have been writing about the encounter on Sunday morning when he wrote…

D’anam chun De! but there it is—
The dawn on the hills of Ireland!
God’s angels lifting the night’s black veil
From the fair, sweet face of my sireland