NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: We now know our opposition for next Sunday’s Munster Club Final, following Sixmilebridge’s victory over Midleton. All roads lead to Ennis next Sunday and here’s hoping, that all our supporters make a special effort to support the team on the day. Our under 13 hurlers finally saw action at the third time of asking, when they travelled to Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale for the County Under 13 Final versus Mungret. This was an excellent display by the lads from start to finish, with some wonderful skill and determination on show. The accuracy of both Harry O Donnell and Sean Long from placed balls, put us well in control in the first half and with the help of a goal from Emmett McEvoy, we led at the break 1-08 to 0-02. In the second half, we again hurled well with Liam Barry and Adam McNamara particularly dominant. Three further Harry O Donnell points secured the victory, for this very hard working team. Best on the night were Emmett McEvoy, Sean Long, Liam Barry, David Ryan and Harry O Donnell. Great credit is due to Dave Boylan, Aidan Ryan and Tom McEvoy, for their hard work throughout the year. Team: Barry Dunworth, Keith Dempsey, Mark Daly, John Leahy, Eoghan Sherlock, Sean Long(3f), Ralph Leonard, Liam Barry, Emmett McEvoy(1-0), David Ryan, Adam McNamara(0-1), Conor Stack(0-1), James Daly, David O Byrne, Harry O Donnell(0-6,4f). Subs used: Conor Moloney, Robert Duffy, Colin Coughlan, Eoin Keenan Quinn. Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 1-11 Mungret 0-03. Captain James Daly accepted the cup, on behalf of a very good team.
Last Sunday afternoon, our U/10 hurlers played Mungret in a great game. Mungret had their pitch in great condition and both teams played with great skill and tenacity throughout.
Mungret played with the aid of a strong wind in the 1st half and dominated the early stages of the game. However, some outstanding clearing and tackling by our half back line of Cathal Hassett , Dylan Lynch and Marcus Hogan prevented Na Piarsaigh from falling behind.
George Cussen was also excellent at corner back. A few breakaway scores from Patrick O Neill helped Na Piarsaigh to a 5 point lead at half time. Na Piarsaigh started the 2nd half very well, with John Fitzgerald continuing his recent great form at midfield, while Adam Long and Dillon Skehan came more and more into the game. Mungret rallied half way though the 2nd half and were unlucky not to be closer, at the end of a game which Na Piarsaigh won. It was a great team performance by our lads, with Vincent Harrington giving a great display of goalkeeping in the 1st half, when we needed him most, while Harry McGoey, Cathal Hassett and Dylan Lynch surely played their best games yet for Na Piarsaigh. Well done to all.
The lotto jackpot now stands at €15,400. Numbers drawn were 10, 12, 22 and 30. Lucky dip winners were Mary Collins, Jennifer Ryan, Eugene Hehir and Noreen O Brien. Seller’s prize went to Mick Carroll and Paddy Verdon won the house prize.
LIMERICKS FIRST EVER “CHARITY WEDDING FAIR”: Clare’s Wish Foundation in association with the Clarion Hotel in Limerick and also Hilary Thomson Modelling agency, will be staging Limericks First ever Charity Wedding Fair on Sunday, November 24 from 12pm to 5pm, with a fashion show at 3pm. Over 30 Wedding suppliers will be there on the day and all proceeds will be going to the Clare’s Wish Foundation. Admission will be free on the day, but donations would be most welcome on entry. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS: There will be Computer Classes for Beginners commencing in the Watch House Cross Library, Moyross on Friday, November 22. These classes will be held every Friday, for the next five week’s, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3pm. There are limited places available. For further information, please telephone the library on 061 457 726.
LIMERICK CHRISTMASFEST 2013: From Saturday, November 23 to Tuesday, 31 December, Limerick will celebrate Christmas like never before this year as the city unveiled its biggest ever programme of activities, which will turn it into a winter wonderland over the festive season. Limerick City and County Council is investing in its biggest ever programme to create a special Christmas spirit for shoppers and visitors in the build-up to Christmas Day.
The festivities will officially kick-off at 5pm on Saturday, November 23 when the city’s Christmas Lights, which this year have a range of new features added, will be switched on for the first time. Among the exciting new additions to this year’s programme, are the creation of a Santa’s Log Cabin on Thomas Street, the installation of the biggest ever, fully-lit Christmas Tree (11m tall), in partnership with the Thomond Rotary Club, on Bedford Row and a special daily ‘Polar Express’ train, that will bring additional visitors to the city to enjoy the most distinctive Christmas celebration ever put on in Limerick. Santas Log Cabin will be particularly special for children, with Santa himself present to greet them and chat through their wish list from Sunday November 24 at the cabin, which will come complete with chimney, grass and, of course, elves and Ms Claus. The Polar Express, in a partnership between Iarnrod Eireann and Limerick on Ice, is another new initiative to this year’s programme. It will see commuters from Thurles, Limerick Junction and Ennis avail of special discounts of up to 30% off individual tickets and 20% off family tickets for access to the 10th anniversary Ice Rink on Arthur’s Quay, another highlight of festivities over Christmas in the city. Further information on this can be viewed atwww.irishrail.ie. Other initiatives to the programme that will make Limerick one of Ireland’s premier shopping destinations this Christmas, will include special offers at City Centre private car parks, while there will also be free parking up to midday each Friday during December. There will also be a Christmas Saturday Market on Cruises Street, following on from the recent weekly market initiative on the pedestrianized thoroughfare, which has brought thousands of additional shoppers onto the street. There will also be musical entertainment and carol singing on Cruises Street and Bedford Row on Saturday’s leading up to Christmas. The significant investment by the city into the festive season, will lead up nicely to the New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Limerick that will kick off the year-long celebration of Limerick National City of Culture 2014. For full details make sure to check out our Christmas in Limerick section.