Success for Doora/Barefield at Féile

Success for Doora/Barefield at Féile

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There was unrestrained Banner joy on the double for the boys of St Joseph’s Doora/Barefield and the girls of An Bratach at the John West Féile Peile na nÓg finals at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence at Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo on Sunday.

The Clare club celebrated the capture of the Boys Division 3 Shield competition with a powerful victory over Roscommon’s St Dominic’s, who raised just a solitary flag throughout, on a 3-6 to 1-0 scoreline.

And there was more joy for the Banner County on Sunday evening as An Bratach celebrated their triumph in the Girls Division 2 Shield competition.

A triple goal salvo ensured a 3-9 to 2-2 win over Armagh’s Killeavy St Moninna’s.

The John West Féile na nGael Under-14 Gaelic football finals took place over a hectic weekend of action across Connacht.

Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo played host to over 850 games at 200 venues.

The weekend marked the biggest John West Féile ever with over 350 teams participating.

Boys’ and girls’ teams from all over Ireland competed regionally to win a coveted place at the finals weekend.

This is the fourth year that natural protein experts John West have sponsored the underage tournament, the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Throughout its sponsorship of the Féile, John West has focused on encouraging children to participate in Gaelic Games while emphasising the importance natural protein plays in fuelling a young athlete.

The highly-anticipated competition gives up-and-coming GAA stars the chance to play in respective John West Féile tournaments (Divisions 1-13) at a level which suits their age and strengths.

Games were highly competitive with players showcasing great skill and determination.

All travelling teams were accommodated by host families, greatly enhancing the community spirit of the event.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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