Ahane/Castleconnell Sept 28

LOCAL YOUTHS NOMINATED FOR LEADING AWARD: Limerick Youth Service is delighted to announce that twelve volunteers have been nominated for this year’s Youth Work Ireland Volunteer Achievement Awards.

LOCAL YOUTHS NOMINATED FOR LEADING AWARD: Limerick Youth Service is delighted to announce that twelve volunteers have been nominated for this year’s Youth Work Ireland Volunteer Achievement Awards.

Three youths from this parish are among the twelve recipients in line for national awards.

The awards, which will be held at Youth Work Ireland’s National Office, Dublin on Saturday, October 12, recognise the invaluable contribution that volunteers have and continue to give to young people across the country.

After careful and heated debate the selection committee put forward the following from our local youth clubs, that will represent Limerick Youth Service in five categories.

Dan and Mairead Fanning, Ahane-Lisnagry Youth Club and Julie McCabe, Castleconnell Youth Club have been nominated for the Leading the Award, which is presented to volunteers who work with young people in their respective clubs and projects.

Well done to all concerned.

AHANE LADIES FOOTBALL: Intercounty scene — It was a busy weekend for our girls, when on Saturday four of our under 11’s, Cliodhna Twomey, Chloe Fitzgerald, Aisling Lenihan and Niamh Conroy, played on the Limerick Team that competed in an Inter County Blitz held in Clarecastle, County Clare. On Sunday, Aisling Herbert, Aoife O’Halloran, Caoilionn Keane and Emma Ridder, played on the Limerick under 13 Team in an Inter County Blitz hosted by Limerick in Rathkeale. Well done to all the girls.

Under 14 club scene — Our Under 14 Team went to Herberstown on Saturday to compete in the excellent organised St Brigid’s Blitz. Here we got to play the top Teams in Limerick, namely St Brigids, Mungret and St Ailbes. Our girls acquitted themselves well and displayed great skill and teamwork throughout the tournament. The girls reached the B final and were unlucky to lose to this year’s Feile Champions Mungret by 1 point. Our Goalie Katie Molloy was named Player of the Tournament. Panel in Full: Katie Molloy, Sinead O’Curry, Niamh O’Curry, Aoife O’Halloran, Anna Nagle, Emma Ridder, Orla Twomey, Sinead Callinan, Sine Hartigan, Aisling Herbert, Aine Reynolds, Sinead Meskell, Caolionn Keane, Catriona O’Halloran, Ailish Reynolds, Ciara Greaney, Danea Ryan, Ciara Macken and Lara Griffin.

AHANE CAMOGIE CLUB: Under 16B county championship — The County Championship drew to a close for the Ahane girls on Friday evening at Boher pitch. Ahane were playing in the final against Ballybrown having progressed impressively in the earlier rounds. The match started with Ballybrown well on top but the Ahane girls got into the game through the first half and were just two points behind by half-time. In the second half the girls were outstanding in a match that was high paced and full of skill, neither team gave an inch as the lead swung from one side to the other. With the light failing, the game in injury time and Ahane leading by 2 points the Ballybrown girls scored what proved to be the crucial goal and Ahane just did not have the time to get the ball up the field for another effort.

It was an another outstanding season for this great bunch of girls and while yet again they failed at the final hurdle there is no question about their commitment to Ahane Camogie. Each and every member of the panel gave 100% all season and in the final they left nothing behind and can have absolutely no regrets. It was fantastic to see great support for the Ahane team on the evening.

The panel was: Emer Kenny, Sadhbh Moran, Alana Casey, Áine O’Curry, Caoimhe Macken, Niamh Reynolds, Niamh Martin, Ellen Curtin, Aoife Quinn, Kate Herbert, Róisin O’Meara, Robin Nugent, Chloe Blake, Áine Mooney, Áine Reynolds, Sorcha Hassett, Sine Hartigan, Katie Molloy, Aisling Herbert & Niamh O’Curry.

Senior team — The Senior team played in the County Championship quarter-final on Sunday in Ballyagran. The Ahane ladies were bolstered by their four county stars and were up against a young Newcastlewest side. The match started with Newcastlewest moving into a 1-03 to no score but Ahane then got going and were two points up by half time. In the second half Ahane continued to edge it in the scoring efforts and had increased their lead to 6 points coming into the closing minutes. Newcastlewest continued to press however and scored two goals in the closing minutes but on each occasion Ahane responded with points to close out the match with a two-point victory. It was a first start for Sadhbh Moran and Ellen Curtin in senior camogie and they did their club proud on the day. Next up for Ahane is the semi final on the 5 October, when they will take on Ballyagran.

The panel on the day was: Sile Moynihan, Niamh Power, Claire Mulcahy, Sadhbh Moran, Kate Herbert, Judith Mulcahy, Sarah Crotty, Niamh Reynolds, Marguerite McCarthy, Niamh Mulcahy, Emer Cregan, Ellen Curtin, Pauline McCarthy, Margaret Hickey, Ann-Marie McGill, Sinead O’Sullivan and Caoimhe Macken.

TIDY TOWNS AGM: The local Tidy Towns Committee are holding their Annual General Meeting in Hickeys Bar on Monday next, at 8.30pm. All welcome to attend. The committee are very pleased with their success in this year’s competition. “We gained 17 points, which brought our score to 283 points. Thank you to everyone who has helped us in any way throughout the year.”

THANKS: Maureen O’Sullivan held a very successful coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice in Herbert’s Bar on Thursday, September 15. She expresses her thanks to everyone who supported it and a special thanks to Blathain and Henry for their support and help. Money raised €726.