NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: The senior hurlers opened their County Championship campaign against Granagh Ballingarry in Clarina on Sunday evening. Playing against a very strong breeze in the first half, we began quite tentatively and struggled with the very difficult conditions. Scores from Adrian Breen, Kevin Downes and Shane Dowling kept us ticking over, but a defensive mix up allowed our opponents in for a goal, to leave the half time score at 1-07 to 0-05 in Granagh’s favour. The second half was a different kettle of fish and some fine scores from Kevin Ryan, Shane Dowling, David Breen and Kevin Downes, put us in the driving seat. An excellent goal from Shane Dowling stretched our lead and when the same player goaled direct from a 65,’ it was game over. Alan Dempsey, James O Brien and Niall Buckley excelling in defence, whilst Cathal King, Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes were most prominent up front.
Team: Padraic Kennedy, Brian Shannon, Kieran Breen, Brian Hartnett, Alan Dempsey, James O Brien(capt), Niall Buckley, Cathal King, Kieran Kennedy, Kevin Downes(0-3), David Breen(0-2), Kevin Ryan(0-1), David Sheppard, Shane Dowling(2-06,4f), Adrian Breen (0-3). Final score: Na Piarsaigh 2-16 to Granagh Ballingarry 1-08.
Na Piarsaigh made their first match in the City JH league a winning one. The seeds of victory were set in the first half, with a lead of 3-9 to 1-1. A feature of this half was a two goal blitz by Damien Quigley and some fine freetaking by Pat Gleeson, with a haul of 0-6. In the second half, St. Patricks came more into the game, but when the aforesaid Damien completed his hat trick and Tomas Downes added another goal, the task became impossible.
Na Piarsaigh had scores from Damien Quigley (3-1), Tomas Downes (2-1), Pat Gleeson (0-6), Eoin Hogan (0-2), Eoghan Keogh, Pat McCarthy, Kevin Hodnett and Evan Egan had a point each. Good displays were had by Tom Quinn, Brian Hartnett and Paul McNamara.
Na Piarsaigh: E Condon, T Quinn, P McNamara, P Guinane, A Hennessy, P Downes, B Buckley, B Hartnett, P Gleeson, P McCarthy, K Hodnett, E Egan, D Quigley, T Downes. Subs: E Keogh.
The County U14 hurling Feile na NGael Final saw the usual high quality game from these old City Division rivals. A game punctuated by tremendous skill, commitment and bravery had the large crowd enthralled at Mungret GAA ground last Friday evening. The tempo set in the opening period, was maintained right through to the final whistle. Patrickswell played with the stiff breeze in the opening half and with Barry Kiely making dangerous runs, it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. It came from a long distance free from midfield by Jason Gillane, which deceived the defenders and dropped to the net. Na Piarsaigh responded and points from the outstanding Colin Shiels and a free by Padraig Heaney, settled the nerves. There was but a point between them when Na Piarsaigh full forward Rueben McCarthy finished from close in, after a sustained bout of pressure. Patrickswell attacked and a fierce shot at goal by Barry Kiely drew a point blank save from the Na Piarsaigh netminder Barry Dunworth, which was cleared to safety. Just before the break, Na Piarsaigh got their second major score. Once again pressure was exerted on the Patrickswell goal and a short clearance broke to Jamie Mitchell, who doubled on the ball and sent it to the net. This left the half time score Na Piarsaigh 2-3 Patrickswell 1-1. The second half saw Na Piarsaigh aided by the breeze, but the defenders on both sides performed heroically and ensured chances were kept to a minimum. Dangerous corner forward James Daly had a quick point for Na Piarsaigh and this was cancelled out by Patrickswell substitute Daniel Feasey. The final score fell to Colin Shiels, whose point restored Na Piarsaigh’s two goal lead. Na Piarsaigh had scores from Rueben McCarthy (1-0), Jamie Mitchell (1-0), Colin Sheils (0-2), Padraig Heaney (0-2f), James Daly (0-1). They had fine displays from Luke O’Sullivan, Jerome Boylan, Liam Barry, Ryan Ahern and Cameron Di Bennitto.
Na Piarsaigh: Barry Dunworth, Mark Daly, Lucas O’Sullivan, Sean Long, Liam Barry, Jerome Boylan, Michael O’Callaghan, Padraic Heaney, Cameron Di Bennitto, Paul Considine, Colin Shiels, Jamie Mitchell, Ryan Ahern, Rueben McCarthy, James Daly
Subs: John Costelloe, Ross McGooey, David O’Byrne, Ger Kennedy, Chris O’Hagan, John Moloney, A McNamara, J Leahy, O Sherlock, C Moynihan.
The Feile Cup was presented to winning captain Lucas O’Sullivan, by Tony Roche Chairman of Bord na nOg. We now look forward to Feile na nGael in July.
The under 16 Camogie team brought home the silverware on Sunday, when they defeated Patrickswell in the 16B County league Final in Boher. It was a very good team performance by the girls, who lead 1-01 to 0-2 at the break. The goal came from Rachel Considine. Further scores from Sinead McNamara, Ciara Hogan and a second goal from Rachel Considine sealed the victory, on a final score of Na Piarsaigh 2-03 to Patrickswell 1-03.
Team: Laura O Neill, Holly O Keefe, Lea O Mahoney, Teresa Daly, Fiona Shanahan, Sinead McNamara(capt), Shannon Burke, Kate McEvoy, Emma Guinane, Aoife Ahern ,Ciara Hogan, Aoife Henn, Grace O Connor, Kate Barrett, Rachel Considine. Subs: Rachel Murray, Bridget Oydeji. Congratulations to the Intermediate camogie team, who qualified for the final with a good win over Crecora in the semi-final, on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-03. The final versus Murroe/Boher, will take place next Saturday.
The lotto jackpot was not won on Tuesday evening, when the numbers drawn were 03, 14, 21 22. The lucky dip winners were Paul Condon, Kay Davis, Pat & Freda Gleeson and Mickey Finn. Seoirse Laffan took sellers prize and Timmy O Connor the house draw. Next Mondays jackpot is now €12,700.
LIMERICK’S INTERNATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE: The International Youth Theatre from Limerick, has been selected to represent Ireland at a European street theatre event in Austria later this year. Four members of the teenage theatre group, which was founded last year by the Friars’ Gate Theatre and is hosted by Scoil Carmel Secondary School, will join an Irish-based choreographer at the ‘Biondekbhune’ European Street Theatre event in Baden from 11 to 18 August. The group will perform street theatre around the medieval Austrian town and participate in numerous workshops focusing on improvisation, street theatre, and creating and presenting scenes.
The announcement marks off a busy week for the International Youth Theatre, which performed their play about the famine at Culturlann Sweeney in Kilkee on Saturday as part of the 2013 National Famine Commemoration. Written by the County Limerick Youth Theatre and supported by the Limerick County Arts Office, ‘The Voyage of the Orphans’ tells the story of the 4,000 Irish famine orphans that were transported from the workhouses of Ireland to Australia by the British Government between 1848 and 1850. The group also performed the play at Scoil Carmel Secondary school last week, before hosting a free drama workshop for secondary school students.
Commenting on the upcoming trip to Austria, Limerick County Arts Officer Joan MacKernan explained: “The project, called “barriere.frei” (barrier-free), is hosted by BiondekBühne youth theatre near Vienna. Youngsters from four different countries of Europe will track down ‘barriers’, inaccessible areas, in the city of Baden and draw the attention of the public to it by means of street theatre.” She added: “There will be an exciting team of facilitators from each country, with expertise in a range of approaches and techniques. While each youth theatre member will be allocated a core group and a core facilitator, they will get a chance to work with a number of facilitators and trained youth leaders over the course of the summer camp. The facilitator from Ireland will be choreographer and movement specialist Mireya Coloma, who will travel to Austria with our four chosen participants from the International Youth Theatre.”
Commenting on the progress of the Youth Theatre over the past year, Youth Theatre Director Fiona Quinn said: “A large part of the success of the Youth Theatre is down to the support and encouragement all members receive from the staff and management of Scoil Carmel, who generously give of their time and facilities every week. All young people living in Limerick are welcome to join the Youth Theatre regardless of ethnic background, education or arts experience. It truly is an innovative, intercultural and inclusive experience for all young people and we are delighted they are now sharing their vision across Europe. Friars’ Gate Theatre would like to acknowledge the support of the Youth in Action programme.” Acting Principal of Scoil Carmel, Aine Burke stated: “We are delighted to host the International Youth Theatre, who meet here for workshops every week. It is a wonderful way to learn.” For more on the County Limerick Youth Theatre, please contact the Limerick County Council Arts Office on 061 496 498 / 496 300.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SERVICES: Weekend Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm. Sunday 10am and 11.30am. Weekday Mass Times: 10am Daily. Also 5.45pm daily during November, Advent and Lent. Baptisms: Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 12.15pm. Marriages: Three months notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.
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: Maranatha Prayer Ministry Invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Rev. Fr. Liam Kelly, O.F.M. Ennis and Aidan Gallagher, E.W.T.N., Ireland, enriched with the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, Healing Mass, Praise and Worship, Confession, and Spirit Filled Music by the lively Maranatha Gospel Choir on Pentecost Sunday, May 19 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. Tea and refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards. Everyone is welcome!