St Columb Major Hurling Shrove Tuesday 2017
The Shrove Tuesday hurl at St Columb took place on a cold, bright but fortunately dry February afternoon when there were two former hurlers in their 90s present, both previous winners, Henry Tinsley & Denis Ellery. The game started at 4:30pm when after an introduction from Town Crier Kevin Roberts officiating at his first hurling, another veteran Roger Ford, at the invitation of last year's winner Marco Ciarleglio, recited the traditional couplet "Town & Country do your best, For in this Parish I must rest" before tossing the ball to the waiting crowd.
For just over half-an-hour the hurlers raced up and down the streets before Countryman Aaron Rundle made a break down Bank Street in the direction of the goal at Lanhainsworth. His plan was foiled by townsman Ben Scott however and Marco Ciarlegio gained possession as far as Bridge where he was stood (tackled) when he declined the invitation to deal (hand over) the ball. With a small group of townsmen in possession play continued up Trewan Hill with countrymen Matthew Rodliffe and later Josh Ellery attempting to halt their progress towards the parish boundary at Whitewater. The ball again came into Marco's possession and he, with Kaylup Johns in support, threw off another tackle and outstripped the following pack to record his seventh victory. He was carried back to the town in triumph and during the evening after providing silver cocoa for the children the hurlers toured the pubs drinking silver beer.