NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: We travelled in mass to Bruff on Saturday, for the County Under 16 hurling final against Doon. High expectations follow this team, largely due their unbeaten run for the past number of years. This was a tough game, with every score well earned, particularly in the first half. Doon had the better of the early exchanges and were good value for their early lead. However, we finally settled and began to hurl and by half time, we opened up a four point lead. The decisive score of the half came from Conor Boylan, following a very powerful run by Peter Casey, who opened the Doon defence, by creating the space for Conor. At half time, we lead 1-08 to 0-07. We improved immensely in the second half and had some fine scores from Thomas Grimes, Marcus McMenamy, Conor Houlihan and ace free taker Peter Casey. Goalkeeper Eoghan Foley pulled off a crucial save, when the game was in the melting pot, to deny Doon. Second half substitute Jerry McCabe made an instant impact, when he netted inside ten minutes, following a great team move. He followed this up ten minutes later, when man of the match Marcus McMenamy carved open the Doon rearguard with a surging solo run, before handing a golden opportunity to Jerry, to seal the deal. Despite a late goal by Doon, we held on to take the Under 16 title, for the third year in a row. Huge credit must go to this team and its management, who lost just once in seven years and that to O Loughlin Gaels in the All Ireland Feile Final, two years ago. Captains Thomas Grimes and Conor Houlihan accepted the trophy from Bord na nog chairman Tony Roche. Team: Eoghan Foley, Gearoid Synnott, Peader Collins, Evan Gilvarry, Kevin Daly, Michael Andrews, Mark Considine, David Broderick, Joe Gleeson(0-1), Marcus McManemy(0-3), Conor Boylan(1-1), Thomas Grimes(capt), Conor Houlihan(0-1), Jason Callinan, Peter Casey(0-7,6f). Subs: Sean McKeogh, Ian Considine, Nathan Bennis Whelan, William Henn, Jamie Wilson, Donal O Connaill, Daniel Long, Christian Slater, Jerry McCabe(2-0). Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 3-13 Doon 1-10.
On Sunday afternoon, we headed for the Gaelic Grounds for our third County Senior Hurling final appearance, in five years. Having won the final two years previous and being beaten by eventual champions Kilmallock in 2012, the team were very determined to show all, that they meant business and were hungry for more titles. Played in terrible conditions, we raced into an early lead compliments of points from man of the match Kevin Downes(2), Shane Dowling(2) and Alan Dempsey, to put us five points to one in front. However, in typical dogged Adare fashion, they pegged us back and were level on 25 minutes. Further points from Kevin Downes, David Dempsey and Adrian Breen sent us in at the break, ahead by 0-08 to 0-05. The first ten minutes of the second half were dominated by Adare, with six shots on goal, three on target (midfielder John Fitzgibbon with two fine strikes) and game tied at 0-8 each. With Na Piarsaigh yet to even have a shot at the posts, it was all set for Adare to drive on and take the spoils. This though was when we showed our mettle, with the hard-earned experience referred to by the manager during the week. Firstly a Shane Dowling pointed free steadied the ship. Then, another powerful burst from Kevin Downes, with his fourth point from play and we were back on course. Again Adare fought back, but further points from Adrian Breen, David Sheppard and Alan Dempsey, put us three points clear in the dying minutes. Points traded by Declan Hannon and a huge score from a free by Shane Dowling, put two between us. With time almost up, a long range free by John Fitzgibbon drifted wide of the post, to end the contest and bring the trophy back to Caherdavin. A delighted James O Brien accepted the Daly Cup from County Chairman Trevor Mann and followed up with a powerful speech. Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 0-14 Adare 0-12. Team: Padraic Kennedy, Michael Casey, Kieran Breen, Niall Buckley, Cathal King, David Breen, James O Brien (capt), Alan Dempsey (0-2), Shane Dowling (0-4f), William O Donoghue, Kevin Downes (0-4), David Dempsey (0-1), Kieran Kennedy, Adrian Breen (0-2), Kevin Ryan. Subs: David Sheppard (0-1), Pat Gleeson. The jackpot is still climbing and now stands at €14,800. Monday nights draw had numbers 01, 04, 13 and 18. Lucky dip winners were Denis Ryan, Colm Crowley, Dave Boylan and Maureen Murphy. Sellers Prize went to Danny Halpin and house draw to Willie Mulcahy. On Saturday, October 12 we are playing our Minor Hurling Final against Doon, in Kilmallock at 1.45pm. Please come along and give your support !
“ST. MICHAEL’S ROWING CLUB URBAN RUN” APPRECIATION: We would like to thank the following people, who gave up many hours of their personal time over the last five months, to create the Urban Run event for St. Michaels Rowing Club. We thank Eilis McDonnell, who created the SMRC Urban Run Concept and who worked tirelessly on all our Design issues. Our Running Man logo is her creation. We thank Eilis for her advice, guidance and patience, as there were times when we didn’t know what we wanted! We also thank Kieran Keating who organised and controlled all aspects of the routes and fine tuned it over many months, with the advice of Joe and Fish. Kieran’s experience in Race organisation and implementation, is the reason why the race was a success. All we have to do now, is talk him into doing it all over again next year! Julie Long advised us about Signage and Advertising, including the various areas of advertising, which would be most beneficial for our Fundraiser. Also thanks to Joe Cantillon, who created and managed our Urban Run Face book page. His advice, re organisation and marketing the event was invaluable. Ado Cunningham our Web Master, managed our micro site and showed great patience when asked questions. Sinead Jennings who gave up her precious time for many of our photo shoots, to be the face of the Urban Run. Her willingness to help us promote the Urban Run is truly appreciated. We also thank Sam Lynch for posing, reluctantly, for one or two photos during his training hours. Thanks also to Carl Hickey our official Urban Run Photographer, who took all our advertising pictures. His race day photos will be available soon. This Urban Run team had the support of Damien Masterson, our Safety Officer and Gerry Mahon, our Marshalling adviser and with their help, the Urban Run was ready to run. There was no stopping us now! We would also like to thank our Sponsors and Contributors, because without their backing, we would not have been able to launch this event. We also appreciate the support of our local Gardai, who helped us manage the race, to make it a safe and enjoyable environment for all. Thank you to Rory McDermott of Limerick City Council, for his assistance and advice with regard to our Management Plan. We appreciate the removal of bollards in Clanmorris, for safety reasons and the clean up under Shannon Bridge. The support of our Mayor, Kathleen Leddin, is very much appreciated and we thank her for officially opening our race. We must also thank all our Race Entrants, who played a big part in the Event’s success. We thank you for your support and invite you back next year and please bring a friend! Thank you to our local Residents for your patience and understanding with regard to the road restrictions, for the safety of the runners and residents alike. But no event can be a success without its volunteers and that means YOU. Our 100+ Volunteers are the Club’s most valuable resource, that any Club would be envious of. The list of volunteers comprised of Marshals, Bakers, Sandwich makers, Registration, Physio and Route coordinators. Our route coordinators were out at 7pm on Saturday and 7am on Sunday, setting up the course for us and they did a fantastic job. As you can tell by now, this event is not about one person but a team of people who worked very hard over many months, into the early hours of the morning, to create a new chapter in St. Michaels Rowing Club. We are very proud of our creation and it’s here to stay; only next year it will be even bigger and better! The following is a List of Spot Prize Winners and if you didn’t receive your prize on the day, please contact us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, where arrangements can be made for collection. Congratulations to all our winners: 517 Patrick King, 536 Sam Kealy, 555 Jonathan Cuddy, 574 Jack Barry, 593 Ned Murphy, 619 Eamonn Enright, 638 Sinead Reynolds, 601 Caroline Knight, 001 Mike Kerzee, 020 Kathryn Lennon, 039 James Chambers, 058 Kairit FitzGerald, 077 Paul Stanley, 096 Rick Barriscale, 115 Dorothy Ryan, 134 Timmy McCoy, 181 Marc Thompson.
LIMERICK’S OLDEST TREE ON VILLIERS CAMPUS: In an exciting find, the Tree Council of Ireland have named the old Yew tree, beside our changing rooms in Villiers School, as Limerick’s oldest tree. Aubrey Fennell from the Tree Council of Ireland described the tree, with a height of over fifty feet and girth of fifteen feet, as his most significant find in five years. Other trees of particular significance on the School campus, are the Fern Beech and of course our emblematic Monkey Puzzle. Headmistress, Jill Storey, said she was thrilled with the discovery. “We are aware our campus is home to many beautiful trees,” she said, “however, we were not aware of the particular significance of the Yew. Conservatively estimated as being five hundred years old, it predates the School, including all of our period buildings, mere toddlers as they approach 200 years!” Villiers has a keen interest in environmental and ecological matters and this find enhances the School’s commitment in these areas.
CRATLOE DOG SHOW: The Annual Cratloe Dog Show will take place on Sunday, October 13 at 2pm in the GAA Pitch. Entry fee is €2 per person. Lots of Categories for the doggies: Best waggiest tail, smallest dog, saddest eyes, best fancy dress dog & many more fun categories!! Side shows also include Soccer penalties, Pony rides, Face Painting etc. Great day for all the family....and the dog!
FAMILY FAITH WORKSHOP: How can we support families in faith in our parish? This is a key request from parishes in 2013. So every parish is invited to join us for this evening of practical workshops looking at: our Sacramental prep programs, Parish Family Mass and Family prayer. It will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 7pm to 10pm, at the Pastoral Centre, Denmark St, Limerick. Given the level of interest in this topic, we expect most parishes will be represented. So pre-booking is absolutely essential for the workshops. Please telephone 061 400 133.
LADIES WEEKEND LIMERICK: The Ladies Weekend in Limerick is an exciting new festival, that offers women a range of events. Enjoy a mixture of sport, fashion and fun over a single weekend from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13. Highlighting just a few of the many Limerick attractions the festival will include a Fashion Trail, the Ladies Mini Marathon 8KM, Saturday night Post-Race Party and Keanes Jewellers Ladies Day at Limerick Racecourse. The Ladies Weekend comprises of a variety of events over three days incorporating Sport, Fashion and Music. On Friday the event opens with a Fashion Trail held by local city centre retailers, the Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Saturday at 3pm on the University of Limerick Campus, Saturday evening a Post-Race After Party is to be hosted by Clohessy’s Bar and the weekend wraps up with Keanes Jewellers Ladies Day at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday, starting at 2:30pm. The festival will not only showcase what is unique about Limerick City, but more importantly, it celebrates the contribution of Women to the community’s continued development. For further information, please telephone: 061 609 627, or Email: email@example.com Web: www.ladiesweekend.ie
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY COELIAC COMMUNION: Anybody who has a Coeliac condition is welcome to receive the Chalice at communion time, when the Ministers of the Eucharist receive at our Masses. Please if possible, inform the Celebrant before Mass begins, so as to make him aware.
LIMERICK WORLD FOOD DAY: Limerick’s World Food day will be held at Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick on Wednesday, October 16. World Food Day will be marked with a Unique Food Festival in Thomond Park Stadium. World Food Day is held annually on October 16, to commemorate the founding of United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation. The programme is aimed at increasing awareness on topical issues around food production. World Food Day in Thomond Park will showcase the very best foods from over 14 different countries including France, Italy, Ghana, Nigeria, Poland, Lebanon, Pakistan and Ireland. Guests from Ireland and abroad, will be invited to enjoy the entertainment and cuisine from nationalities all over the world and see the guest chef demonstrations. The price of entry is €20 and everyone who attends, may enjoy a glass of wine, while sampling the very best the world of food has to offer. All proceeds will go toward supporting the work of Doras Luimní, a Limerick-based charity established in 2000. Doras works with all migrant groups in the region. For more information on their work, please visit: www.dorasluimni.org, or telephone 061 421 106.
CHARISMATIC RENEWAL WEEKEND: Limerick Diocesan Service Committee for Charismatic Renewal, invites you to a weekend of prayer praise and teaching at the Crescent College Comprehensive, Dooradoyle, Limerick beginning on Friday, October 11 at 8pm, with Mass. It will continue on Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am, finishing each day at 6pm. There will be evening prayer for healing on the Saturday, at 7.30pm. The main speaker is Fr Jim Mc Manus C Ss.R. Mass will be celebrated on Sunday afternoon by Bishop Brendan Leahy. All are welcome and admission is free.
LIMERICK CIVIC TRUST PARTY: The Limerick Civic Trust is celebrating its 30th Birthday Party in Clohessy’s Bar, Howleys Quay on Friday, October 11, at 8pm. All are welcome for a night of fun and chat. Tickets cost €20 per person and include a drinks reception and food. Booking is preferable. Please book by phoning 061 313 399, or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
MEELICK COMMUNITY HALL FUNDRAISING NIGHT: A music night is being held on Friday, October 11 at 9pm in the Meelick Tavern, in aid of the Meelick Community Hall. The music night is a fundraiser, to raise funds to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the hall. All your help is very much appreciated. We have live music from Oisin Hickey and Eanna Mulvihill and also dj Dave Madigan. A raffle will take place. Tickets are €8. Please come along and support and help us get our wonderful hall up and running, to its full potential !
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY PARISH RADIO SYSTEM: Towards the end of Sunday Masses, the celebrant priest calls the Minister of the Eucharist to the altar. These Ministers distribute Holy Communion to our parishioners, who are not physically able to come to church ceremonies. These parishioners will already have participated in the Sunday Mass, via their radio sets in their homes. Our system is in operation since 2001. In 2006, this equipment was licensed. We are restricted to using the system for the following, on a real time basis, service only available on a non-commercial basis and service will not be available for reception on standard domestic receiver. Our licence is valid for 5 years and we can be found on 27.6 to 27.99 MHz band. This licensing scheme will allow Church and community based organisations throughout the country to cater for parishioners, who are housebound and are unable to attend Church or other community services. A group of experienced parishioners liaise and assist our parish, in installing these radio sets. Interested parishioners may apply for the service by phoning 061 452 517, 061 452 169 or call into the sacristy.
MARANATHA PRAYER MINISTRY HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Charles Benoit Reche, C.F.R. and Frances Hogan, Catholic Biblical Scholar with Rosary, Mass, Word of God, Individual Eucharistic Blessing, Confession, Eucharistic Adoration. Music will be performed by the Maranatha Gospel Choir on Sunday, October 20 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm, at St. Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea will be served afterwards. All are most welcome. This event is being televised by EWTN, to 300 million people worldwide.
ARD SCOIL RIS GALA BALL: Ardscoil Rís will Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence in Education Commencing in September 2013. Please join us for the first event which is a Gala Ball on Saturday, November 16 in the Strand Hotel. It is a Black tie event. Tickets cost €50 each and are available at the school. For further information, please telephone 061 453 828, or 061 455 251.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing Classes have resumed in the Monaleen G.A.A. Clubhouse. The classes will be held every Thursday, with Beginners from 7pm to 8pm and Advanced from 8pm to 9.15pm. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 087 257 7761.
SENIOR HELP LINE: Do you need someone to listen? Would you like to share a worry? Are there days when nobody calls? The Senior Help Line provide a confidential listening service for older people, by older people, for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. The Help Line is open every day of the year from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm. The phone number is: 1 850 440 444.
LIMERICK BRIDGE CONGRESS: The 49th Limerick Bridge Congress will be held this year in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13. There will be competitions for all grades of bridge players from Novices to Master Players and there will be Open Pairs each day and evening. We welcome all bridge players to our 49th Limerick Bridge Congress.