May 11

Jude Meaney

Reporter:

Jude Meaney

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our Intermediate footballers opened their Championship account on Saturday evening, when they travelled to Caherelly to take on Oola. We got off to the best possible start, with points from Robert Sheehan and Evan Egan, inside the first five minutes. Playing with a purpose, we took the game to our opponents but wayward shooting and over elaboration, proved costly. Oola slowly came into the game and three pointed frees and a point from play, had them in front by one, 0-04 to 0-03 at the break. The game was a physical one, with the referee busy with his notebook and the yellow card. An exchange of points left the score 0-06 to 0-04 with ten minutes left and a point from a placed ball by Evan Egan, left the minimum between the teams. A fine team move, which resulted in Ronan McKenna blasting over the equaliser with five minutes left, with a goal at his mercy. A draw seemed to be a fair result, in what was not as free flowing, as was hoped. Nevertheless a positive start, with lots to work on for the new management team of Pat McHugh and Pat Lyons. Incidentally the team looking resplendant in their new kit, which was kindly sponsored by Leonards Motors.

NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our Intermediate footballers opened their Championship account on Saturday evening, when they travelled to Caherelly to take on Oola. We got off to the best possible start, with points from Robert Sheehan and Evan Egan, inside the first five minutes. Playing with a purpose, we took the game to our opponents but wayward shooting and over elaboration, proved costly. Oola slowly came into the game and three pointed frees and a point from play, had them in front by one, 0-04 to 0-03 at the break. The game was a physical one, with the referee busy with his notebook and the yellow card. An exchange of points left the score 0-06 to 0-04 with ten minutes left and a point from a placed ball by Evan Egan, left the minimum between the teams. A fine team move, which resulted in Ronan McKenna blasting over the equaliser with five minutes left, with a goal at his mercy. A draw seemed to be a fair result, in what was not as free flowing, as was hoped. Nevertheless a positive start, with lots to work on for the new management team of Pat McHugh and Pat Lyons. Incidentally the team looking resplendant in their new kit, which was kindly sponsored by Leonards Motors.

Team: Brendan Donnelly, Cian Coady, David Lynch, Alan Finnegan, Padraic Kennedy, Kevin Nolan(capt), Daragh Kennedy, Eoghan Kehilly, Robert Sheehan(0-1), David Dalton, Eoin Hogan, Ronan McKenna(0-1), Evan Egan(0-3,2f), Brian Shannon(0-1), Noel Shannon.

Subs used: Mark Buckley, Kieran Daly. Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 0-06 to Oola 0-06.

Na Piarsaigh got their first win of the minor championship on Thursday evening, over their near city rivals, Mungret. Playing in Pairc Drumguil, the home side had a fine first half, with two goals, one from Ronan Lynch and some eye catching points from Thomas Grimes, David Dempsey and Peter Casey. Dylan Cronin was having a stormer in the middle of the park and all our backs covered well and gave a good supply of ball into the forwards. Half time score was 2-10 to 0-04, for Na Piarsaigh. We started the second half slowly, with Mungret showing their fighting spirit with three unanswered points. However, a huge point from centre back Michael Casey reignited the challenge and further scores followed, with some great interplay between the Na Piarsaigh forwards. Mungret did strike back with two late goals. However, the home side won out on a scoreline of 2-21 to 2-11.

The senior hurlers were in City Final action on Wednesday night in the Gaelic Grounds, against Ballybrown. It was an extremely disappointing performance by the team, who were minus several county representatives. Two soft first half goals proved the difference between the teams, with our opponents showing greater hunger and accuracy. Captain James O’Brien proved to be our only real shining light, with a towering display at centre-back. Much work to do, prior to our Championship opener next Sunday evening, against Granagh-Ballingarry. Final score: Na Piarsaigh 1-14 to Ballybrown 2-19.

Congratulations to Amy Mitchell, who scooped our first 50/50 draw. Also a big well done to all the Na Piarsaigh camogie girls, who were part of the successful Limerick team, who annexed the Division 2 National league title.

A big thank you also, to all who supported the Feile na nGael table quiz on Thursday night.

We wish our Feile hurlers the best of luck this Friday in the Limerick Feile Final versus Patrickswell. Best wishes to the Under 16 camogie team in the final versus Patrickswell and our Senior hurling team in Round 1 of the championship versus Granagh-Ballingarry in Clarina, on Sunday at 7pm.

The jackpot has risen to €12,600 after last Mondays draw. Numbers drawn were 06, 11, 26 and 30. No jackpot winner. Lucky dip winners were Liz Carney, Ken Leonard, Liam Kiely and James Barry. Sellers prize went to Mary Leonard and Dan Hickey won the door prize.

BARRINGTONS HOSPITAL GREAT LIMERICK RUN: The Barringtons Hospital GLR (Great Limerick Run) Kids Run for Fun attracted more than 1400 participants between the ages of 4 and 12 on Saturday, establishing the inaugural event as the largest of its kids for children in Ireland. The event, which was hosted by Limerick Sports Partnerships and the HSE Health Promotion Unit, came on foot of numerous requests from local schools and parents, for a mass participation event for children to coincide with the adult Great Limerick Run which took place on Sunday. Three events, namely a 2-mile Run/Jog for 8-12 yrs and 1-km Jog/Walk for 4-7 yrs were held in sunny conditions on the grounds the University of Limerick, as a 1km wheelchair event took place on the arena track. Each of the 1,422 participants, received a finisher’s medal and a t-shirt marking the occasion.

Elaine O Connor, Co-ordinator of Limerick City Sports Partnership and Race Director commented: “This event put a smile on childrens’ and parents’ faces, as the effort from the children was evident for all to see, as they ran through the UL finish arch on the track, in front of hundreds of cheering spectators. This event was about children motivating parents and parents motivating children. There were many cases at the weekend, whereby entire families took part in the Great Limerick Run experience between the junior and adult events on Saturday and Sunday.”

Joanne, whose 6-year-old daughter Lucy took part, said she was struck by “the sea of green” as all the children warmed up together in their GLR t-shirts. Joanne added: “There was a great sense of excitement and anticipation from the children and parents alike. It was wonderful for kids to have the opportunity to experience an event such as this.”

Phelim Macken, coordinator of the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership commented: “The primary aim of this event, was to get the whole family involved in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, over the course of the May Bank Holiday Weekend and in doing so, encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle in a way that is fun for everyone involved. We are delighted with the massive turnout and are already turning our attention to next year’s Kids Run for Fun.”

CAMPERVANS GATHERING: The organisers of a Gathering event in Limerick this week, say the Republic of Ireland is failing to take advantage of the growing motorhome tourism sector, due to a lack of service sites for campervans. Campervan motorists from all over Ireland and throughout Britain, will converge on Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell this weekend, for a unique gathering event aimed at promoting the Irish motorhome tourism sector. The Campervan Rally Charity Event from Friday to Sunday (May 10-12), is being organised by Safe Nights Ireland and is one of dozens of Gathering events taking place in Limerick during the summer. The event will feature a Camper Parts and Items Boot Sale, an Exhibition of Traders and Kids Activities, as well as musical entertainment.

Organiser and Limerick native, Frank Ryan of Safe Nights Ireland said, the event is not only aimed at promoting the need for domestic motorhome tourism market, but also showcasing the need for campervan sites, also known as ‘Aire De Service’, to be established across Ireland. Askeaton in County Limerick is presently the site of the Republic of Ireland’s only Aire de Service, a common feature in towns and villages across mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. “The lucrative motorhome tourism is largely overlooked in this country, as evidenced by the distinct lack of investment in service points dedicated to facilitating Campervans,” explained Mr. Ryan. He continued: “By developing more facilities around the country, Ireland will be able to tap into a form of tourism that is becoming increasingly popular, as evidenced in Northern Ireland, where there are up to a dozen campervan service sites. Increasing numbers of people, particularly Europeans, are moving away from budget package holidays and opting to go on self-drive holidays. The benefits for any community in providing service points are significant, as such developments help to establish such locations as centres for motorhome tourists.” “We would encourage anyone with a campervan and who enjoys self-drive holidays, to join us this week. We look forward to meeting up with some familiar faces and welcoming people from all over Ireland and Britain to Limerick, for what will be a thoroughly enjoyable and family-friendly weekend,” Mr. Ryan concluded.

This month has already seen a number of Gathering events held throughout Limerick including the Great Limerick Run, Riverfest, Fleadh by the Feale, A Taste of Ballyhoura Country, International Horse Racing Weekend, Abbey Fishermen Homecoming, Prendergast Gathering and the launch of the Lackelly Ambush Trail. Upcoming events include the Limerick School of Art and Design Graduate Fashion Gathering (May 16-17), the Gravity Enduro Round 2 Mountain Bike Event (May 18-19), the Cadogan Clan Gathering (May 25), Mk1 Golf Owners Club ’Ireland’ Gathering (May 26) O’Connor Family Reunion (May 26-27), the Village Gathering in Hospital (May 31-Jun 2) and Limerick Sings 2013 (May 31-Jun 3). For more on the Campervan Rally Charity Event at Limerick Racecourse, please visit: www.safenightsireland.com or go to: www.thegatheringireland.com.

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.

FAMILY FUN DAY IN CHURCH GROUNDS: Following the Family Mass at 11.30am on Sunday, May 12, the Parish Pastoral Council plan to have a Family Fun Day on the Church grounds and in the new Parish Centre and J.F.K. School Hall. There will be a Magician, Face Painting, Storybook Corner, Brownie Activities, Soccer ‘shootout’ with Leo the Lion, Rodeo and Obstacle course. Teas will be available in the new parish centre and the Moody Cow will have its very popular milkshake van in the grounds. The local volunteer groups will have a display in the J.F.K Hall, enabling parishioners to view the great work done and maybe join a group.

ADAPT CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: ADAPT Services work to support women who experience domestic abuse and their children, across Limerick City and County. We will be holding our Annual Church Gate Collection in Limerick City on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 and we are appealing for local volunteers to get involved.

We have had amazing support from local people, over the past couple of years and would like to thank those, who support us year after year. Our Church Gate Collections raise vital funds, to keep the service running and volunteers are essential. It only takes one person in the parish to get enthusiasm going, in order to make a Church Gate Collection a success. Raising as much as €250 on the day, will provide the children of our refuge, with two weeks activities or allow us to meet a woman anywhere in the county and offer support.

If you think you can give us an hour on the day, or if you know of anyone that could help us in Limerick County or suburbs, please contact Laura Bohan on (061) 412 354 or by email @ volunteercoordinator@adaptservices.ie. ONE HOUR CAN MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE TO ADAPT SERVICES.

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. There will be tea, coffee, sandwiches and buns in the hall afterwards. Everyone is most welcome!