Raharney (@1.57) vs Castletown Geoghan (@2.62)
02-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Raharney will win

Raharney – Castletown Geoghan Match Prediction | 02-09-2019 12:15

Raharney - A Doyle; S Quinn, C Jordan, G Greville (0-1); D Giles, P Greville, T Doyle; N Flanagan, C Boyle; J Goonery, B Smyth (0-2), J Shaw (0-1); R Greville (0-1), K Doyle (0-9, 6f, 1sl), J Boyle (1-0). Subs: A Sheils for T Doyle, C Doyle (0-1) for C Boyle, E Keyes (0-1) for J Goonery, D Finn for N Flanagan, C Boyle for B Smyth.

The Mac Eochagin family are descended from Fiacha, son of Niall Naoi Noigallach. Niall is reputed to have captured and enslaved the teenage Magnus Succetus - who later returned to preach Christianity as Patricius - in a raid on the Cumbrian or Welsh coast. The descendants of Niall's son Fiacha (Fiachu Fiachrach) were collectively known as Cenel Fhiachaigh, of the southern Ui Neill (later anglicised as Kenaleagh and Kindalane).

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Political acumen, however, was not their strong suit. The Geoghegan leaders, along with many more native landholders were mostly headed for exile and Connaught (where some of them reverted to their patronymic surname of O'Neill). It did not help the case for a greater degree restoration of Geoghegan land that the chieftain Bryan and many of his allies of the "Irish of Meath" coalition refused to sign the mandatory pledges and undertakings of fealty to the new regime of William and Mary, Parliament and the established church. Consequently, some relatively small holdings of the rich grazing lakeland was restored to the Geoghegans. The Restoration resettlement Acts of the late 17th century indeed favored the retention of land by some of the recently esconsced Cromwellian Adventurers and Undertakers and some to their traditional owners.

The later War of the Three Kingdoms finalized the confiscation. As the reign of the Stuarts led to the Civil War and the appalling events of 1641 to the Cromwellian invasion, the family suffered great losses following the Down Survey and ensuing Plantations that followed on. Castletown Geoghegan (Irish: Baile Chaislein Mag Eochagn)[2] is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland, and lies south west of Lough Ennell near the county town of Mullingar. The abundant productivity of the rich grazing being self-evident, the Lambarts of Kilcoursey contrived to procure much of it very early in the process. Castletown was the seat of the Geoghegan family of the medieval Barony of Moycashel, County Westmeath. The family were descendants of the Southern Ui Neill. They lost a considerable portion their estates to Gustavus Lambart (later created Earl of Cavan) through confiscation even prior to the final publication of the Down Survey. They were major landholders in south Westmeath maintained a peaceful co existence with the Tudor reconquest through surrender and regrant under with their leader accepting the Captaincy from Elizabeth I.

They are prominent in the Annals of Clonmacnoise, a notable collection of historical records. The 'Irish of Meath' included the O'Melaghlin (McLaughlin), O'Maolmhuidhe (Molloy), Kearney, Fox, Dalton and Brennan families. Many families received offers of Surrender and Regrant deals after the Restoration, but some families rejected the terms. The Annals collection was translated from the original Irish into Elizabethan English by Conall Geoghegan, a 16th-century Franciscan friar. These native septs all suffered heavy property confiscation after the Confederate / Commonwealth Wars. Recalcitrants were reluctant to adhere to the terms of oaths of fealty required. The Geoghegan family had led a group of local Gaelic chieftains in a notable and powerful long term alliance.

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In the general political reform following the Tudor Conquest, the somewhat reduced medieval barony was subject to the 'Surrender and Regrant' process and the adroit Geoghegan family Chief Kedagh complied and was accorded the title of 'Captain' Geoghegan in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. He resided in the principal Geoghegan castle of the barony which was located in the village at this time.

The club has a very strong junior component. It was introduced by a Kilkenny railway employee, and became a tradition here. The Castletown Geoghegan Hurling Club sports the black and amber stripe. The club holds 13 senior hurling titles, 1923, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1964, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2004, 2013 and 2017. Among the most popular local sports are G.A.A. The club crest depicts the ruins of a castle on the shores of Lough Ennel with the sun rising in the background. It achieved two National titles at under the 14 level in 2007 and 2010. football and hurling.