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posted 2 Sep 2011, 13:23 by Unknown user
one of the most exciting weekends on the GAA Handball Calendar is just in front of us as we continue a brilliant 60x30 season with the blue ribband event in the series set to be decided at Abbeylara. The Mens Open Senior Singles Final promises to be one of the best in years while there remain a host of other major titles to be won in the ensuing weeks.

• M DONNELLY GAA Handball All Ireland Senior Singles Championship Final: Dublin legend, Eoin Kennedy, goes in search of an incredible 8 All Ireland Senior Singles titles in a row (9 titles in all) on Saturday when he squares up to Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy at the final hurdle for the third year in succession. The duo have been in exceptional form in the 2011 championship and there is no doubt that this latest clash has caught the imagination of the GAA Handball public. A super programme will get underway at 1pm with the Minor Singles Final in which reigning champion, Galway's Martin Mulkerrin's takes on minor hardball champion, Kildare's Niall O'Connor. That will be followed by the Intermediate Final at 2.15pm in which Roscommon's Aengus Cunningham and Chris Doolin, will meet Meath's Gary McConnell and Peter Reilly. The Senior final is scheduled for 4pm. In between there will be some entertainment on court with all spectators going into a draw for the chance to win some exciting prizes! A preview of the action will be on RTE Sports News tonight (Friday) and there will be RTE Radio 1 Coverage throughout Saturday with highlights on RTE SpPorts News on Sunday and Monday.

• M DONNELLY GAA Handball All Ireland Ladies Senior Doubles Championship: Mayo were celebrating last weekend when the impressive combination of Pauline Gallagher and Amy Corrigan created history by becoming the first ladies players from the county to win the All Ireland 60x30 Senior Doubles crown. In one of the best finals in the event in years, the young partnership denied reigning champions, Kerry's Ashley Prendiville and Maria Daly, in a three game thriller. Meanwhile, both Daly and Prendiville will get the chance to end their season on a high when they cross swords in the Ladies Senior Singles final at Williamstown next Saturday 10th September at 2.30pm.

• The Mens Senior Doubles Championship is at the semi-final stages with 2 potentially top class contests to be staged in Williamstown next Saturday 10th September. Cavan's Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan defeated reigning champions, Meath's Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll, in their last 8 test and now meet Mayo's Dessie Keegan and Joe McCann at the penultimate stage. Wexford's Barry Goff and Colin Keeling won the inaugural 60x30 Doubles Nationals crown back in July and are being widely tipped to secure a first title in the championship but they must meet last season's runners-up, Kilkenny's Ducksy Walsh and Michael Clifford, in order to make the final.

• The GAA Handball All Ireland 60x30 Juvenile Championships will be decided next weekend also in Cashel (Limerick) and Hospital (Limerick) as the cream of Irish youth players in the traditional court take centre stage. Some terrific ties are again in store there with the blue ribband final at Under 16 singles between Limerick's Padraig Quish (winner in 2010) and Carlow's Martin Mullins topping the clár.

• In addition to the major finals already stated, there is an incredible programme of finals in a host of grades right around the country over the next 3 weekends in GAA Handball. All fixtures have now been released with any updates to follow on the Official National Website.

• GAA HANDBALL FULL TIME POSTS: National Development Officer, Niamh Egan, has chosen to take a career break from GAA Handball to return to College and we all wish her very well in her ambitions there. That has also prompted the need for a National Development Officer at Croke Park and anyone interested in applying for this 12 month role are reminded that the closing date for applications (by email or post) is Monday 5th September. 
- National Operations Manager: GAA Handball Ireland have also advertised for a new National Operations Manager (Full-time) Post to be based in Croke Park and again the closing date for applications for this post is Monday 5th September. Full details of both can be found by clicking on the link.

• Meanwhile there will be a host of major announcements also to come from GAA Handball Ireland in the month of September. 
- The new GAA Handball 'Strategic Vision for the Future (2011-2016)' is now complete and will be officially launched on Monday 19th September 2011 in Croke Park.
- The World Championships 2012 Announcement is also set to come on that date with full details to be released for what promises to be the biggest and most exciting international handball event ever staged.
- The GAA Handball Show on TG4 has been expanded and will now see 12 full episodes spanning over 2 separate series: the first commencing on Monday 24th October with 6 episodes coming each monday night and then the next part of the series to follow with 6 further episodes to follow in January 2012.

Follow all the GAA Handball News and Updates on www.gaahandball.ie and make sure to link up and 'like' us on the official GAA Handball Facebook Page by clicking here - GAA HANDBALL on FACEBOOK

Further updates and details of the new look E-Zine, GAA Handball Online Audio Show and Online GAAHandball TV resource will follow soon.

Is mise le meas

Chris Curran

Chief Executive Officer  

GAA Handball Ireland

Croke Park Stadium, Dublin 3

Email: nationalmanager.handball@gaa.ie   •  www.gaahandball.ie

Tel: +353 (0) 1 8192385

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