Impressive Westmeath produced a wonderful to display to deny Longford in the opening round of the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship, at Our Lady Of Lourdes Park, Mullahoran, Co. Cavan, last Saturday afternoon.
The stadium was empty, but The Downs made the most noise at TEG Cusack Park last Sunday where their senior footballers edged out defending champions Garrycastle to reach the semi-final for the second year running.
After many months of hoping, guessing and anticipating, the Westmeath football championships are finally set to begin next weekend and there are some major games down for decision in the new-look Westmeath Senior Football Championship.
During his 21 years at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Luke Dempsey must have thought he’d seen it all, but last Friday’s historic victory in the Br Bosco Cup final at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore represents a new milestone.
As Westmeath GAA prepares for championship football and hurling in the coming weeks, people’s safety is being set as the top priority and for that reason entry to all championship matches will be by ticket only.
It has been in existence for less than four decades, but already the Garrycastle GAA Club has left an indelible mark on Westmeath GAA, producing some very talented footballers and enjoying much success in the process.
“It was just brilliant. The teams I played against and the players I played with and against, it has just been a privilege to wear the Westmeath jersey,” said Brendan Murtagh as he reflected on over 20 years playing with Westmeath.