Blarney secured their first pennant recently when they won the Minihan Shield. The competition is played for by clubs in West Cork and South-East Kerry and is named in honour of GUI representative Michael Minihan (Bandon/Dunmore). This year 14 clubs entered in the fourball team competition. Five pairs represent each club with the top four cards counting. The competition is only open to seniors.
Colum Sisk and Denis Keeshan topped Blarney’s returns with 44 points. Gerry Keady and Des Barry had 42 points and Paul O’Neill and Billy Barry had 40 points. JJ Cronin and Larry Buckley carded 38 points which meant that Blarney had the luxury of not counting the 37 points from Dan Joe McCarthy and Dick Ryan.
Blarney finished with a total of 164 points, one ahead of Macroom and Ring of Kerry. GUI Council member Jim Cashman was on hand to present the pennant and John Minihan from Dunmore was also there to represent the Minihan family. Blarney Captain Eddie Butt accepted the trophy on behalf of the club.