It has been an exciting and ultimately successful couple of weeks for handball in the county. Last Sunday, Rory Carthy and Carragh Kennedy took home All-Ireland 60×30 titles while the week before Mount Talbot Handball Club celebrated ten years in existence.
Rory, a member of St. Coman’s Handball Club, became the first Roscommon player to win the Boys’ U-14 title since his clubmate Damien Martin twenty years ago.
Rory outclassed his Wexford opponent Conor Creane in two straight games last Sunday but the title was arguably won in the semi-finals, when Rory knocked out tournament favourite, Gary McAleer of Tyrone.
Following Rory’s impressive win, his training partner, Carragh Kennedy, added the Girls’ U-15 60×30 title to the 40×20 crown she had won earlier in the year.
Carragh stamped her authority on last Sunday’s final against Una Brophy of Laois and was very impressive as she stormed to a 15-0, 15-8 win.
Elsewhere, Mount Talbot Handball Club celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a terrific few days of handball recently.
Ballintleva NS retained the Annual National Schools Competition against a battling Mount Talbot NS team on Thursday, September 26th before the Club Championship Finals took place on Sunday, September 29th.
The Mount Talbot alleys, which had recently been refurbished, played host to a number of fantastic matches throughout the day.
In the Juvenile Boys Singles, Ciaran Keane overcame Luke Tully in a tight final, while Lucy Coyle defeated Siobhan Keane in the girls’ decider. Ciaran Keane then teamed up with Sean Treacy to claim the Juvenile Mixed Doubles against Eoin Mulry and Eoin Treacy.
The Tim Cormican Perpetual Cup Ladies Open was won by Catherine Keane who overcame Lisa Holland 15-13 in the decider.
Liam Ó Ceallaigh and John Paul O’Connor then went head to head in the final of the Martin Turley Perpetual Cup with Liam coming out on top 21-5.
Liam wasn’t finished there. He teamed up with Liam Cormican in the 60×30 Doubles and they did just enough to defeat Coman Coyle and Mike Holland 21-19 in the final.
It has been a busy and successful ten years at Mount Talbot Handball Club with adult and juvenile players capturing numerous national, provincial and county titles in Onewall, 40×20, and 60×30.
Mount Talbot also runs a very successful annual Onewall Tournament each year with the tenth instalment set to take place next summer. The club also received the All-Ireland Club of the Year title in 2012 in what has been a very impressive first decade.