YOUTHREACH/TIDY TOWNS: A new Wildlife area, in the grounds of Youthreach and in association with Tidy Towns has been established and there is great imput between the groups involved, students, teachers and Tidy Towns with a fence/gate erected by Ben Shorten and trees such as White Strip Lime Tree, Blue Mountain Ash, Yellow Sycamore and Oak have been planted. The aim is to establish a wildlife garden that is in union with nature and this wildlife garden is a haven of tranquillity. Well done to all involved.
Adjudication for this year’s competition begins 1st June. On-going is the painting of railings and gates of the abbey ruins, in conjunction with Canon Ryan. We are asked to look after our own patch including gates and side entrances a coat of paint will keep them rust free. Another point-catcher for judging the competition is flags. Judges love to see flags on main streets. Shops, business and even homes on the main street are asked to fly flags, whether it be County, Country, Sport or just fun flags, which will all help to gain those extra points. Unfortunately dog dirt on streets and footpaths will lose points.
CLEAN UP: Tidy Towns have organised a Clean Up for Saturday 25 May starting at 9.30pm All are welcome to come along and give a hand. Refreshments later. Wheelbarrows and brushes needed.
BALLYHOURA BEARS: A walk has been arranged starting from John the Baptist Community School car park starting at 11am on Sunday 26 May. The walk is about 3 hours, 8 miles approximately suitable for average walkers. Contacts Pat 087/79880367 or Mattie 087/7611774.
GAA: Senior Board. ACFL v Ballysteen away this Sunday at 5. Hard luck to Donal Reale who was part of the London team who were defeated by Carlow in the Leinster hurling championship, they now proceed to the qualifiers.
TICKETS: Senior Football Limerick v Cork Saturday May 25 Gaelic Grounds 7pm, general admission. €20 under 16’s. FREE. Concession: €5 for students and senior citizens. Hurling: Limerick v Tipperary, Sunday June 9, Gaelic Grounds 4pm, covered stand. Adult €30, juvenile €5 uncovered stand. Adult €25, juvenile €5 stand concession: €5 for students and senior citizens. Juvenile stand discount: Stand tickets at €3 per juvenile plus 1 adult free for every 10 juveniles i.e. €30 for 10 juveniles and 1 adult mentor. Again, tickets must be pre-purchased. These packages are available through the County Board. Contact Geraldine for orders.
MACKEY CUP: A big well done to Killian Real, Killian O’Shea and Oisin O’Grady who were part of the South Limerick Primary schools hurling team who won the recent Mackey Cup played in UL beating the City and the West in the process. This was a massive achievement for these three boys and definitely stars of the future for the club. Check Facebook page for some pics of the day.
BORD NA NOG: U12 hurling: The team played host to Knockainey last week. With conditions not good for hurling and with a strong breeze in the first half they took the lead. In the second half Knockainey made a strong comeback and won the game by a goal and a point.
U12 Football: Last Thursday they travelled to Galtee Gaels. With both teams trading point for point and some fine football being played the U12s had to battle for every score, they scored 2 goals just before half time and this proved to be the difference between the two teams.
U6 and U8 training continues on Thursday from 6 – 7pm, all welcome. The U6s played Shamrock Gaels last week in a very well contested match where all players excelled. These are all starting off playing for the club and have great interest and Dea, Noah Brennan, Dylan Ryan, Liam Bermingham, Billy Boy Sullivan. The U8s played in a football blitz in Atlacca v Kilteely Galbally and played very well and keep improving with every match played.
Bord na nOg has togs, socks, tops and club jersey’s for sale to all, anyone interested in purchasing contact team head coach. Hurley’s, helmets and gum shields also for sale through the club at reduced prices.
This year the club Cul Camp is from July 8 to 12, this will be a great week of hurling and football coaching by County coach’s and others and will be enjoyed by all who attend. Anyone interested in booking a place contact Cul Camp co-coordinator William Fox at 087/9184071 or check out details on the clubs Facebook page.
FESTIVAL: Knockainey AFC is celebrating its 20 year anniversary by holding a festival this June bank holiday weekend to celebrate youth sport and community. They have come together with Bruff Rugby club to use their facilities. Friday 31 May: Jimmy Buckley and band, doors open 8.30pm. Saturday 1 June 1pm 5km fun run/walk and 10k run. 2pm family fun day, 8pm poker classic. Sunday 2 June: 1pm food/craft fair 3pm monster bingo €2000 jackpot. 9pm: parish social with music by Nightfall and friends.Monster raffle running all weekend with the draw Sunday at 10pm. Tickets now on sale at 086/1553449 or at www.knockaineyafc.ie for more details.
BEREAVEMENTS: Our sympathy goes to Kieran Hayes, Ballinamona on the death of his Father Michael and also to Noreen Mitchell, (Solicitors Office) on the death of her Father Jackie.