A Round 5 win by Antrim over Meath last Saturday confirmed a Kerry versus Antrim Joe McDonagh Cup Final for 2020. This game, in a break with the tradition of playing the minor All-Ireland final before the senior decider, will be played as a curtain raiser to Limerick v Waterford at Croke Park on Sunday week, 13 December. The game will throw in at 1.00p.m.
The competition, for Tier 2 hurling counties, is in its third year and is named after the former Galway inter county hurler Joe McDonagh, winner of an All-Ireland senior hurling medal in 1980 and who later served as Uachtarán of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael from 1997 – 2000. He died aged 62 in 2016. Carlow were the inaugural winners in 2018, followed by Laois in 2019.
The death occurred on 16 November of Pat Whelan of Ballynoe, Causeway. He was a former Chairman of the North Kerry Hurling Board [1968-70] representing the Lady’s Walk Club. Pat was a current Vice-President of both the Lady’s Walk Club and the North Kerry Hurling Board. He won a Co. senior hurling championship medal with Ballyduff in 1972 and was presented with the North Kerry Hurling Board Hall of Fame Award in 2013. Sincere sympathy to his wife Myra, sons Jerry, Paudie and John and to the extended Whelan family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.