Garnish 1-9 Castletownbere 0-4

The Béara Championship is as tough as they come and if this Garnish team is to reach its potential, it will have to beat teams as dogged and experienced as  their near neighbours. And so it was the green and gold exuded a steeliness and edge to their play, grinding out a well-deserved win over ‘Town at Adrigole.

Andrew O’Sullivan opened the scoring for ‘Town before Fintan JL responded by pointing a well earned free by Dylan Henshaw.  It became clear in the first quarter that it was going to be a low scoring game, both teams having well-organised defences. A penalty conversion in the 11th minute ultimately gave Garnish the platform to secure the victory.  The goal was the only score between the teams at half time.

Particular credit most go to Garnish’ half-backs – Jack Andy, Darragh Henshaw, and Paul O’Neill who nullifed ‘Town’s route-one football and got enough contact to slow their attack. Given ‘Town’s strength in-depth, one might have expected their fitness to carry them through the 2nd half. Yet, it was the Garnish players who looked better conditioned: Brian Terry tagging on more scores, to extend their lead to 5 points. Darren Deery’s introduction provided a target at full-forward and as ‘Town began to tire,  Rory O’Driscoll  and Sean Terry exerter greater influence. Particularly pleasing was the work-rate, Eanna Murphy, Matthew O’Leary, Brian Walsh running to opposite ends of the field when required. Fresh legs from Jamie O’Driscoll, Stephen Lane and Danny Harrington saw out the victory. Club captain, Ross Murphy, duly accepted the Noel Kelly cup. Hopefully, with the right attitude and continued commitment, this team can achieve much more this season.

1. Ross Murphy, 2. Matthew O’Leary, 3. Eanna Murphy, 4. Tommy O’Sullivan, 5. Jack Andy, 6. Paul O’Neill (0-1), 7. Darragh Henshaw, 8. Brian Terry( 0-2), 9. Jerome O’Dwyer, 10. Rory O’Driscoll, 11. Brian Walsh, 12, Sean Terry (0-2), 13. Fintan JL (1-2) O’Sullivan, 14. John O’Dwyer, 15. Dylan Henshaw  (0-2). Subs: Darren Derry, Jamie O’Driscoll, Cian O’Neill, Stephen Lane, Danny Harrington.

Garnish v St Catherine’s

A successful start to the 2021 Junior B Championship following a comfortable win against East Cork side St. Catherine’s GAA at Kilmichael on the eve on the All-Ireland Hurling Final.

Against a  stiff breeze, Garnish got a dream start with a point from Brian Terry and goal from Cian O’Neill. Eoin Condon and Rory Galvin got two back for the Saints either side the water break. However, a phenomenal work- rate  from the Garnish wingers resulted resulted in a well-worked goal finished by Brian Terry, followed by points on the loop for Fintan JL and Rory O’Driscoll. Garnish led 2-5 to 0-2 at the break and, with the wind at their backs, would have been expected to kick-on in the 3rd quarter.   However, it was St. Catherine’s who found their groove with quick ball to their corner-forwards.  Despite the best efforts of Daniel Rue, acting as sweeper, a goal and a brace of points brought St. Catherine’s considerably closer.  Points from Sean Terry and  Paul O’Neill ensured there would not may any major St. Catherine’s revival and the 3rd quarter finished all square.  Fresh legs from Dean Henshaw, Daniel Harrington, Jamie O’Driscoll and Hugh Suanais ensured that the result was never really in doubt in the final quarter. A brace of points from Dylan  Henshaw resulted in a 2-13 to 1-5 win for the Western parish.

Verdict? a  competent display albeit room for improvement. Addressing some notable wides from poor shot selection in first half and easy frees conceded in the third quarter could have resulted in a more clinical win.  However, the unity and progression in the Garnish team was clearly in evidence and would have silenced the most ardent critics.  Here’s to hoping that the team can go one better than 2020 and win their forthcoming quarter final.  Gairinis Abu!


Garnish GAA v Gabriel Rangers

A tough competitive challenge in Ballydehob was just what the team needed as players travelled home on a Friday evening for the bank-holiday weekend.

Fintan JL and Dylan Henshaw opened the scoring in the early minutes  before the opposition resonded. With Fintan demonstrating form from the dead-ball, Garnish led at the water-break 0-4 to 0-2 . Their lead was further extended in the second quarter thanks to a long-range effort from Brian Terry and a well taken penalty by Fintan JL. A second penalty conversion kept Garnish well ahead but Gabriel Rangers stormed back into contention in the third quarter as the Garnish collective appeared to loose concentration. Goals from Brian Terry and Rory O’Driscoll in the final quarter gavegarnish a narrow victory.


Garnish v Ilen Rovers

Some vintage football on display on a hot Sunday morning in Cahermore. Despite some tired legs from a tough encounter against Goleen on the previous Wednesday,  a reshaped Garnish side clocked up a a big score. Dean Henshaw made a big impression distributing ball to the wings where Jacky Andy and Gary O’Sullivan enjoyed some considerable freedom.

With Matthew O’Leary and Tommy O’Sullivan on man-marking duty, Ilen Rover’s attack was largely blunted.  Moreover, several subs stamped their own impression on the game  with Stephen Lane, Danny Harrington and Eric O’Neil all getting on the scoreboard.

Narrow Defeat to Deal Rovers in 2020 Quarter Finals

A brave effort was not good enough to advance to the semi-finals of the 2020 championship. Deel Rovers started well with three points before a well-taken goal from Paul O’Neill shock off early Garnish nerves. By the first water-break, Garnish were 3 points up thanks to a long-range effort from Hugh Sounish and two frees from Sean Terry.  In the second quarter the teams traded scores. Brian Terry chipped to an excellent charge forward from Darragh Henshaw, from which Sean Terry duly pointed, giving Garnish a 4-point lead at half-time.

Things were looking rosy early in the second-half with Garnish enjoying a 1-08 to 0-05 lead. But the Deel Rovers challenge roared back to life a brilliant goal and by the water-break enjoyed a three-point lead. With four minutes left on the clock Darren Deery responded with a goal of his own. Sean Terry levelled in the red, bringing the match to extra-time. A black card for a needless foul swing the momentum back to Garnish. Yet,  points from Rory O’Driscoll and Jerome O’Dwyer were insufficient for the ten minutes of numerical superiority. For the final 10 minutes, it was all Deel Rovers.

Final Score: Deel Rovers 2- 15 Garnish 2- 12.

Matthew O’Leary Skull and Bones – 220621

A lovely sunny mid-summer’s eve for UCC’s senior football team to play a game down the ‘Dyke. And great to see Garnish represented with Matthew O’Leary starting at corner-back. Matthew more than held his own against some quality forwards and his vintage tight marking did not go unnoticed.



Garnish v ‘Town 200621

Garnish saw off a strong Castletownbere team with a narrow league victory on 20th June. Town came with some big guns and tried every trick in the book to rattle Garnish from the start.

With players away or in midst of exams, there were first starts for Darragh Henshaw, Fintan JL, Paul O’Neill, Cian O’Neil and Darren Deery.  Brian Terry opened the scoring with an great long range effort followed by frees from Paul O’Neill and Fintan JL.  Despite a strong headwind ‘Town kept in touch and it wasn’t until Jerome O’Dwyer’s 12th minute goal that some daylight emerged.  A 2nd goal from Darren Deery gave Garnish a 4 point cushion at half time. Particularly pleasing in the second half is how Garnish managed the game, defending in numbers, retaining possession and working the ball into scoring range. Brian Terry controlled the last 10 minutes after Dylan Henshaw got the insurance score with a well taken goal just after the water break.

Garnish Ross Murphy, Matt O’Leary, Darragh Henshaw, Tommy O’Sullivan, Jack Andy, Rory O’Driscoll, Gary O’Sullivan, Eanna Murphy, Brian Terry, Fintan JL, Paul O’Neill, Hugh O’Sullivan, Jerome O’Dwyer, Darren Deery, Dylan Hendshaw.  Subs Used: Cian O’Neill , Brian Walsh, Dean Henshaw, Daniel Rue Jamie O’Driscoll

Thanks to Our Fundraising Committee 2021

Thanks to our Fundraising Committee 2021  for their oversight, leadership  and energy in our efforts to rise €50,000 towards club development – if it ain’t red, leave it in the shed!

Pictured from Left to Right – Kevin Tim, Alison Henshaw, Ollie Rue, Eric O’Neill, Cormac O’Neill, Cormac MacMahon, Ross Murphy, Liz O’Leary, Daniel Rue and Niamh Terry. Not pictured – club treasurer , Ruairi Mensink and club development officer, Finbarr Harrington.