St Brigid's Eoin Kennedy going for a perfect 10th! 2016-09-06 00:01:00

Eoin Kennedy continues to defy the years as he attempts next Saturday to win his 10th Senior Singles 60x30 softball title.  

Kennedy reached his first final as far back as 2001 when, despite winning the first game comfortably, he had to give way to the experience of the then champion, the legendary Michael “Ducksie” Walsh, who took the second and third games. Kennedy got his revenge however the following year when he won his first title, defeating Walsh in two straight games. Since then Kennedy has had outstanding success, winning nine finals in all out of a total of thirteen, against a series of opponents. 

Kennedy continues to defy the years as he has once again reached the 2016 final to play Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy the reigning champion. Over the last few years the two have dominated the 60x30 singles grade, playing each other in the last seven finals. Kennedy won the first two, McCarthy the next three with Kennedy managing in 2014 to turn back the years to win his ninth title. Giving almost ten years to his younger rival, Kennedy is looking forward to the final next Saturday 10th, which takes place in the Croke Park Handball Centre. The last final to be played at the Croke Park centre was back in 2009 when Kennedy triumphed. The finals between 2010 and 2015 were played at the Abbeylara handball Centre but it is to the delight of handball fans that the final this year returns to headquarters. 

The continuing rivalry between Kennedy and McCarthy is one of the keenest in Irish sport and handball fans will flock to Croke Park on Saturday to see who will win this year’s final. It will be a tough battle with the ability, youth and speed of McCarthy facing the experience, cool head and match intensity of Kennedy.  

St Brigid’s and Dublin will be hoping for a repeat of the 2014 final when Kennedy last came out on top. Despite losing the first game 21-5, Kennedy won a titanic battle in the second 21-17 and clinched the victory 21-12 in the third. In last year’s final McCarthy ran out a convincing winner in two straight games.  

What will be the outcome this Saturday? Why not come to the Croke Park Handball Centre to support St Brigid’s EoinKennedy and to see him hopefully win his 10th title! 

Saturday’s programme begins at 3pm with the Minor final between Galway’s DoanlMulkerrins and Kilkenny’s Shane Dunne, followed by the Ladies final between the outstanding Catriona Casey from Cork who plays the up and coming challenger Martina McMahon from Limerick.  

Tickets for the final may be ordered online from the GAA handball website or at

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15