SEVENTY YEARS AGO : In 1941, 1942 and 1943 the Munster Tug O War was won by Knockea team. They were Limerick champions in these years and this gave them the right to compete for provincial honours. The team was the brain wave of Frank Keating a publican in Ballyneety who came from Tory Hill a famed spot for the sport that Frank loved. Knockea pulled Traderee of Clare to take the 1943 crown. This pull was at Mungret village. Ned Dooley, Edwardstown was coach. Team – Frank Keating, Ballyneety; Curry Flood, John Mangan and Tom Long, Ballinagarde; Jack Kirby, Raheen; Michael Moynihan, Tubberyquin; Dave O’ Donnell, Louganstown; John Kennedy, Boherlode; Richie Bateman, Fedamore; John Foley, Crecora. At least of the medas won during these three years is in the proud possession of a nephew of the winning team. John Mangan went on to win a county junior hurling medal with South Liberties , Jack Kirby played hurling with Raheen, Dave O’ Donnell played hurling with Fedamore, Currry Flood hurled with South Liberties, his father Jim won an All Ireland with Limerick in 1897, Ned Dooley was father of Mick a winner of a national league medal with Limerick and Johnny, Willie and Eamonn noted hurlers at all levels winners of All Ireland junior medals and county honours, John Kennedy led the revival of South Liberties in the late 1930s, Richie Bateman and Johnny Foley also played hurling. The three Nickel Siiver Cups won at Munster level are n safe keeping I understand. Many years Frank Keating owned a Red Setter who each morning walked to Powers shop for the daily paper and walked back proudly to his master with the news of the day.
TABLE QUIZ : D K R pioneers are holding a table quiz in the Stroller on May 24 at 9.30 pm. Proceeds in aid of the young parishoners who are going to Lourdes as helpers with the Limerick Diocesan Pilgrimmage. Tables of four €20 and raffle on the night.