Pucker Up! All Star goalie Joe has 36 dates for Valentine’s Ball

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

ONE Limerick florist could be in for a major windfall this St Valentine’s day – former Limerick hurling goalkeeper Joe Quaid has 36 dates this Friday night!

ONE Limerick florist could be in for a major windfall this St Valentine’s day – former Limerick hurling goalkeeper Joe Quaid has 36 dates this Friday night!

The Murroe-Boher man will be blessed among women when he attends a Valentine’s celebrations evening in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel in aid of Limerick’s county camogie teams.

“The Kilmurry Lodge are our main sponsor this year and they have basically supplied everything - and all we have to do is to get people there,” said Joe who was appointed as manager of Limerick camogie’s most senior side - the intermediate team, last November.

“I have 36 dates so I need to get working on some flowers,” he laughed.

All the money from the tickets sales goes directly to the camogie board to finance the teams throughout the year.

“It is a great way of sponsoring a team in these times. It was Pat Hoare [owner of the Kilmurry Lodge] who came up with the idea,” Joe added.

The intermediate side have their first outing in the league next Sunday week against Antrim. “We have a panel of 36 players now and they have really bought into it. We are hoping to make great strides this season,” said Joe.

Michelle Casey from Killeedy who is captain of the intermediate team, stressed the importance of supporting fundraising initiatives such as Friday night’s event. “There are a lot of young players coming up who need support and the right kind of training strategy,” Michelle explained.

The aim of the intermediate team, she said, is to be in Croke Park next September. “To push it on and finance it for the next few months, it is important that we have the support on Friday night and hopefully it will be a great night.”

Tickets priced at €25 are available from the camogie clubs, by contacting any member of the county board executive including Sean Condon, development officer, on 087 8109978. Doors open at 7.30pm and dinner is being served at 8.30pm.