Galbally Feb 1

COMPUTER COURSES: Computer Courses running at Galbally Community centre Jan/Feb 2014. Computer beginners course desktop skills Morning course Tuesdays 10.30 -12. Starting on January 28. Practical internet skills for beginners (including email; shopping online; motor – tax online; booking a holiday). Wednesday 10.30 -12am. Starting on February 5. Cost €10 per class or €50 for six classes. For enquiries please call Galbally Community Centre on 062-37279; Harriet on 086-0598312 or email : galbsllyent@yahoo.co.uk

COMPUTER COURSES: Computer Courses running at Galbally Community centre Jan/Feb 2014. Computer beginners course desktop skills Morning course Tuesdays 10.30 -12. Starting on January 28. Practical internet skills for beginners (including email; shopping online; motor – tax online; booking a holiday). Wednesday 10.30 -12am. Starting on February 5. Cost €10 per class or €50 for six classes. For enquiries please call Galbally Community Centre on 062-37279; Harriet on 086-0598312 or email : galbsllyent@yahoo.co.uk

G FACTOR: Even Simon Cowell would have had a hard time finding fault with any of the ten acts who wowed a massive audience at Saturday nights G Factor in Galbally Community Centre. MCs on the evening were Galbally’s own “Ant & Dec”, aka John Kiely & Eoin Burke, who both did a fantastic job as MCs for the wonderful evening that was to come. Lets just say the Auction of the Milking Machine Cleaners was udderly hilarious, with the hammer going down and sold to big spender Ger Cussen for the princely sum of €25. Sincerely heartfelt tributes and presentations were made to outgoing Secretary Tim Ryan and his “long suffering” wife Mary. Tim dedicated his presentation to Mary for all her years of “putting up” with his obession with all things GAA!!! Now, back to the real stars of the evening… the 10 acts. Bigsy, (fondly referred also to as Cormac McCarthy & his Band) the only band in the competition, opened proceedings and the promise of things to come with a really uniquely grunge/rock sound which blasted through the hall and had everyone rocking in their seats. They were followed by the truly soulful R&B duo of Meave O’Mahony & Caoimhe Donovan whose original mash up of old and new rap was pure genius. Up next & Hailed by John “Ant” Kiely, as Galbally’s answer to Justin Bieber (I think much more talented & better looking!!) was Paddy Donovan who again wowed us with his own mix of current tunes blended together to form Paddy’s own medley which was accompanied by some serious guitar playing. The 5th & 6th Class Choir from Galbally National School made us want to get up and throw some shapes as they blasted through that great feel good tune “Happy”. Emma O’Donnell’s powerful renditions of Skinny Love and again some serious guitar playing left us breathless & wondering how in God’s name would the performers for the second half be able to follow that first class soul train… we needed have worried about it… Grace Nihill put Rhianna to shame as she belted out her version of the big hit and we had to take a look around for a moment to be sure this was a local venue and not the O2! Local lad Niall Kearney brought proceedings to a whole other level with his amazing version of Wagon Wheel which had the crowd buzzing and audience members commented if there was a clap-o-meter Niall would have sent it through the roof!!! Bally man Declan Ryan looked and sounded every bit of a pop sensation with his versions of Passenger & Labrynth hits which took us nicely onto the power house that is Paula Hickey and that voice that sent shivers up every spine in the place with her magnificent version of One & Only by Adele. Ciara Walshe took the gauntlet in her stride and nailed it to the wall as looked and sounded every inch of the star that I feel she will become as she belted out Florence & the Machines Sweet Nothing to some truly awesome guitar playing.

The task of picking a top three for Judges Laura Henebry, Padraig Wallace and Stephen Walshe was immense one and all agreed this was going to be an almost mission impossible. After much deliberation the top three were decided with Declan Ryan & Niall Kearney coming in joint third, Emma O’Donnell securing second place and Bigsy taking the top spot and singing us out with not one but two encores….

Chairman Bill Cussen gave an inspirational “sermon” at the end that sent us off into the night with stars in our eyes.. The Club would like to thank everyone who helped set up the G Factor but a very special thanks has to go to our PRO Mary Magner and her “invisible friend” who came up with the concept and brought it to its magnificent fruition on Saturday evening... well done Mary. A HUGE “Go Raibh Mile Mile maith agaibh” to all the community who came and supported on the night…One things for sure Galbally really does have amazing talent! Here’s to a great 2014 for Galbally GAA Club, it’s players, members and the wonderful community that supports it!!

CAMOGIE: Limerick Camogie County Players Maeve O’Neill and Mairéad Ryan from Galbally Camogie Club being presented with gifts from the Galbally 2013 Camogie U12 and U16 captains Emma Morrissey and Grainne Blackburn.

DSCF0474 Galbally Camogie U12 Team after their medal presentation by Limerick and Galbally Camogie players Maeve O Neill and Mairéad Ryan

DSCF0478 Galbally Camogie U16 Team after their medal presentation by Limerick and Galbally Camogie players Maeve O Neill and Mairéad Ryan

A thank you night for all the Galbally Camogie players was held on Friday 24th of January with a special presentation of medals to our U12 county championship winners and U16 county league winners. The teams managed by Jack Dillon and Noreen Looby U12 and Jack Dillon and Mary Condon U16.

The presentation at 7pm was followed with refreshments for parents and players. A special thanks to all who brought food and who helped on the night. There was also registration for all age groups on the evening. All took place in the Community Centre Galbally. Galbally Camogie club always welcome new members. A special call for assistance from parents to help with coaching or assistant coaching in the underage teams as there needs to be more than one adult with the teams at all times. Coaching and refereeing courses will become available during the coming year. A new initiative by the club secretary Eilish Power and Chairperson Mairéad Kelly where parents/guardians and children can learn camogie skills together is seen as a very positive and enjoyable development in promoting Camogie in the area. Please contact a club official to sign up. All age group training schedules to be announced shortly.

GALBALLY Hand Ball Club: The club wishes to congragulate our chairmain John Joe Fahy on his recent election to the position of Vice chairman of Limerick handball county board.John Joe is a long time member of Galbally Hand Ball Club and we wish John Joe every success in his new role.

Medal Presentation: At a recent county awards ceremony held in Rathkeale House Hotel the following club members were presented with their County Medal Awards won on the 40X20 alley in 2013.

Boys under 9 doubles Paddy Kennedy and Eoin O Sullivan; Boys under12 doubles Cian Baker and Eoin O Mahony; Boys under 13 doubles Mark Quinlan and Cathal Flynn; Girls under 9 doubles Chleo Hassett and Eimear Looby; Girls under 10 singles Hannah fitzgerald; Girls under 10 doubles Aishling Meade and Sinead Halpin; Girls under 11 doubles Caitlin kennedy and Denise Mullins; Girls under 13 doubles Anna Rose Kennedy and Jane Casey; Girls under 16 doubles Emma Burke and Grainne Blackburn.

The winners on the 60X30 alley will be in next weeks notes.