This Saturday and Sunday (July 2nd and 3rd) promises to be the biggest weekend Roscommon Handball has experienced in quite a number of years as the Wallball Nationals take place in Kilglass and Roscommon.
The past decade has seen the Wallball Nationals become one of Irish Handball’s most popular events, attracting huge numbers of competitors from right across the island.
Normally held at Breaffy House in Castlebar, the event faced a late change of venue this year, with Kilglass and Roscommon only too happy to step in.
Anthony Mahady is a founding member and current chairperson of Kilglass Gaels Handball Club, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Anthony says hosting the Wallball Nationals is the perfect way to mark the milestone.
“It’s the biggest Irish Handball event on the calendar. It’s a huge boost to the club and the surrounding areas and will provide a financial boost for the area as well because there will be people arriving here from all over the country,” he said.
“Croke Park hosted All-Irelands here in 2014 and they were very impressed with our facilities and I suppose this is a step up now. For us to be hosting the biggest event in handball is just brilliant for the club”.
“It is a major boost for the county and the surrounding areas. There will be clubs coming from every county in Ireland. This is huge for our members and the likes of Eddie Conboy (Kilglass Handball secretary) and myself. We’ve stuck with it for the last ten years when there was no real history of handball in the club,” Anthony added.
“I remember when we were marking out the first handball court here by putting tape on the walls and now here we are hosting this national competition. It’s a great occasion for the club in its tenth year,” he concluded.
For those wishing to attend, the handball will be staged in the GAA complex in Kilglass and the Convent of Mercy Gymnasium in Roscommon town, with action starting at 10 am both days.