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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.
The St Columb Major Town Council Civic Service was brought forward from it's usual August date to the second Sunday in June to co-incide with the official 90th birthday of HRH Queen Elizabeth.
At the beginning of the service Mayor Paul Wills made a presentation of a hurling ball to Canon Ed & Mrs Margaret Pruen, who will shortly be leaving the area
The second hurl of 2016 was started by three times former winner David Juszczak who threw up the ball at the traditional time of 4:30pm. After around 45 minutes hurling through the streets townsman Jack Glanville set off down Newquay Road towards the town goal at Cross Putty. He soon found he lacked the stamina to complete the run and dealt (passed) the ball to Marco Ciarleglio who successfully goaled the ball to record his sixth successive win.
The Shrove Tuesday hurl took place on a cold early February day when Nigel Masters threw up the ball on behalf of the winner of the second hurl of 2015, countryman Sean Johns.
After almost an hour of hurling up and down the street townsman Marco Ciarleglio made a break down Bank Street in a northerly direction. The ball then passed between a number of townsmen including Jack Scott and Kaylup Johns, who were harried by the countrymen amongst them Matthew Rodliffe and Harvey Ellery. Marco regained possession near Trewan Hall and broke away for the parish boundary at Whitewater to record his fifth personal victory.
Images from the James B. Tremain collection.
Please ignore "date photos were taken" (unable to enter pre-2003) but the year can be found in the Reference.
The second hurl of 2015 took place in rain which reduced the number of spectators if not participants. After half an hour hurling in the town the countrymen made a break for the parish boundary which, although it was briefly foiled by townsman Marco Ciarleglio looking for his fifth successive win, eventually saw Sean Johns carry the ball over the boundary at Trembleath. Sean recorded his tenth personal victory, his first for the country, who have broken a run of 19 straight wins for the townsmen.
The Shrove Tuesday Hurl at St Columb was won by Townsman Marco Ciarleglio who recorded his fourth successive victory.
Hundreds of people packed into St Columb Major town centre for the Shrove Tuesday Hurl. Well-known resident Phil Tremain threw up the ball for townsmen and countrymen to compete with Marco Ciarleglio winning for a fourth time.
Mayor Paul Wills and hurling champion Marco Cialeglio helped to unveil St Columb Majors heritage lighting plan.
The approach to the main entrance of St Columb Major Academy has recently undergone a substantial facelift thanks to Nature Green, a social enterprise working to inspire disadvantaged and unemployed individuals by providing tailored work experience.
The school children have been involved in planting heathers, and a decking area has been created with a water feature styled on the town's traditional silver hurling ball, which has been sponsored by St Columb Rotary Club.
Images from the second Hurl at St Columb Major for 2014, when Marco Ciarleglio claimed his hat-trick
Images from the Shrove Tuesday Hurl at St Columb Major, won by Marco Ciarleglio
Town and Country went head to head, for the first hurling event of 2014 in the centre of St Columb Major on Shrove Tuesday.
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