Mar 30

Jude Meaney


Jude Meaney

NA PIARSAIGH GAA CLUB NEWS: Under 21 Hurlers: Na Piarsaigh 2-15 Deel Rangers 0-10. Na Piarsaigh remained on course for a semi final spot in the U21 Hurling Premier Division with this fine win. Deel Rangers were first out of the blocks and had the first score. However, Na Piarsaigh gained the advantage and with some slick interchanging of the ball, had built up their lead to 2-8 to 0-5 by half time. The two goals came by virtue, of two close in frees from Shane Dowling. Following the break, Deel Rangers once again took the initiative and early on had outscored Na Piarsaigh by 0-3 to 0-1. Na Piarsaigh recovered and went on to record their fourth win in Group 2 and maintain their unbeaten run.

NA PIARSAIGH GAA CLUB NEWS: Under 21 Hurlers: Na Piarsaigh 2-15 Deel Rangers 0-10. Na Piarsaigh remained on course for a semi final spot in the U21 Hurling Premier Division with this fine win. Deel Rangers were first out of the blocks and had the first score. However, Na Piarsaigh gained the advantage and with some slick interchanging of the ball, had built up their lead to 2-8 to 0-5 by half time. The two goals came by virtue, of two close in frees from Shane Dowling. Following the break, Deel Rangers once again took the initiative and early on had outscored Na Piarsaigh by 0-3 to 0-1. Na Piarsaigh recovered and went on to record their fourth win in Group 2 and maintain their unbeaten run.

Na Piarsaigh had scores from Shane Dowling (2-4 (2-3f)), Ronan Lynch (0-4 0-1f), David Sheppard (0-3), Eoin Keogh (0-2), and points from Mark Ryan and Josh O’Halloran. They had fine displays from William O’Donoghue, Alan Dempsey, Michael Foley, Michael Casey and Mark Buckley.

Na Piarsaigh: Evan Egan, Michael Casey, Mark Buckley, Kevin McNamara, Gordon Brown, Alan Dempsey, Michael Foley, Mark Ryan, William O’Donoghue, David Sheppard, Shane Dowling, Eoin Keogh, Josh O’Halloran, Ronan Lynch, Evan O’Brien. Subs: Adrian Breen, Peter Hodnett, Lee Coughlan, Kieran Daly.

Club Lotto: Our lotto jackpot has now risen to €12,000, following Mondays draw. The numbers drawn were 08, 13, 14, 32. No jackpot winner. The four lucky dip winners were Pat Conlon, Helen Flanagan, Keith Danagher and Rena O Rourke. Sellers prize went to Frank Kavanagh and house draw to Bernie Buckley.

Congratulations to Alan Dempsey, David Breen and Kevin Downes, who were part of the victorious Limerick hurling team in Tullamore and who are now all but qualified, for the Division1B league final.

Congratulations also to Maurice Horan and Cian Coady, on their narrow victory in Ruislip over London, which also put the Limerick footballers in a strong position, going into the final series of games.

A big thank you, to all who voted for Na Piarsaigh in the Ethihad Airways “Raise The Bar” competition. The club appreciates all the help received. The club membership is now overdue, so please pay yours, as soon as possible.

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.

TROCAIRE: Trocaire and Limerick Diocese celebrate 40 years of service together this Lent, Living Lent 2013. You will have seen the above posters in every church in the past few weeks. They were created by Trocaire especially for the special week coming up next week, and sent to all parishes about a month ago.

Trócaire’s ‘Rediscovering Mercy’ is a four week interactive faith-based Lenten programme for adults. An invitation to reconnect faith and mercy. It invites participants into a reflective space to rediscover God’s loving mercy for them and for the world. It is an opportunity to see how we are all loved by God, and out of this love, to see how we are called to love others in our families, communities and around the world.

You are invited to join us on Monday nights in the Pastoral Centre, Denmark Street, Limerick from 8pm to 9.30pm, as we reflect on faith and mercy in the context of human experience, of scripture, and of our call to compassion in our communities and the wider world.

SATURDAY MARKET: Every Saturday from 8am to 4pm, at the Limerick Milk Market, Cornmarket Row, you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices.

You’ll also be able to snack on gourmet sandwiches, wraps, pastries, chocolates, delicious crepes, soups and freshly brewed teas & coffees or buy fresh flowers and vibrant plants.

A haven for foodies! The Famous Saturday Market has become a haven for all who care about the provenance and quality of the food they eat. From passionate amateur cooks to people on the look-out for variety and value, or to those who just love finer foods, this market has it all.

But it’s not just the variety and quality of food and horticultural produce on offer that makes the Saturday Market so special – it is also about the people and the place. This market hosts a community of remarkable individuals from throughout the province, all of whom care deeply about the offering to their customers. Most of the stallholders are themselves producers, who grow, rear or bake the food they sell. Others are importers, with an intimate knowledge of the product they source from far and wide.

As it has evolved, the famous Saturday Market has gained a reputation as a repository of culinary skills, knowledge and understanding, all of which are imparted during the discourse of the market day. It is a place to explore, to ask questions, to discover new flavours and savour the unique atmosphere at hand.

Relax! Along with almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units to tempt even the most discerning shopper, the famous Saturday Market also allows the visitor to relax, enjoy and observe the activities of this celebrated market from the vantage of the Mezzanine floor, which is located above the Pavilion shops and accessible by stairs and lift. Of course you cannot but notice that the Milk Market venue is now weather proofed, as it is housed under the cover of Ireland’s largest single column support canopy.

The famous Saturday Market is open weekly from 8am to 4pm (except Christmas Day and New Years Day). Be sure and get there early, to get the freshest of the fresh produce! Good parking is available nearby.

For further information, please telephone 061 214 782, or Email: Web:

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: There will be a Blood Donor Clinic at the South Court Hotel, Raheen on Thursday, March 28 from 5pm to 8pm.

THOMOND TOASTMASTERS CONTEST: Thomond Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation Contest is taking place at 8.00pm on Thursday, March 28 in the Castletroy Park Hotel. All are welcome for a very enjoyable night.

MILFORD CARE CENTRE TABLE QUIZ: There will be a table quiz on Thursday, March 28 at the Claughaun GAA Club, in aid of Milford Care Centre at 9pm. All are welcome.

LIMERICK’S GOT TALENT 2013: Limerick’’s Got Talent are running the first of their workshops on Tuesday, April 2 at the South Court Hotel, Raheen from 11.00am to 4.00pm. All applicants are invited to drop in during the day and practice, or get advice on their acts, in preparation for shows in August in aid of MS Society Limerick.

Limerick’s Got Talent 2013 are running a fundraising coffee morning in aid of MS Society Limerick at Brunch Café, Upper William St Limerick on Wednesday, April 3 from 11.00am to 12.00 noon. As well as tea/coffee and cakes, we will have a light entertainment session of Michael Buble hits from our own Paul O’Connor, plus raffle of goodies. For further information, please telephone Mike on 085 1367 594.

CONSOLE SUICIDE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Console will be holding its monthly suicide bereavement support group on the first Wednesday of every month from 7pm to 9 pm, at Console House, 114 The Grange, Raheen, Limerick. The group is for family, friends, work colleagues and community, who have been bereaved by suicide. Please see or ring 061 306 792 for further details.

YOUTH PILGRIMAGE QUIZ: A Table Quiz in aid of Our Lay of the Rosary Parish youth travelling with the Limerick Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage in June, will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 8pm, in the Ardhu Bar, Ennis Road. A table of four costs €40. All are welcome.

THE CODERDOJO GENERATION GAME: Please come along to Dell Inc, Raheen Business Park, Limerick on Friday, March 29 from 12pm to 5pm. The Generation Game is a technology event aimed at 7 to 17 year olds and their parents and guardians. The event is organised by LIT Event Management students, where students are faced with the task of planning and operating a real live event, as part of their overall course program. This year, the event is focused around ‘fun technology’. The Generation Game offers a unique gaming and coding experience, incorporating vintage and modern gaming. Coding workshops will be available through CoderDojo and seminars for parents on technology awareness.

CoderDojo, is an internationally successful volunteer movement targeting 7-17 year olds interested in designing apps and games to teach them the basics of coding. To cater for the younger audience, play areas equipped with a bouncy castle and activity bus will be there, to ensure everyone stays entertained all day long.

The Vintage Games being played, offer a unique experience for parents and their kids, to compete against eachother, through games both generations enjoyed throughout their childhood. Any proceeds from the event, will be donated to The Mid West Simon Community Charity and CoderDojo, for refurbished laptops. This event will attract a large audience, will be fun, entertaining and informative, providing an educational twist showcasing overnight success of gaming and computing technologies.

For further information, please telephone 083 1093 911, or Email:

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A NIGHT AT THE DOGS: Please come along to the Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Greenpark, Dock Road, Limerick on Saturday, March 30 at 7.45pm, for the “Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake.”

The Race continues at Limerick Greyhound Stadium For the Richest Puppy Stake in the World. Last Saturday, saw the quarter finals of the “Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake” at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. With a total prize fund of €160,000, this is the richest event ever staged at an Irish Greyhound Stadium, outside of Shelbourne Park and it is also the richest Puppy Stake in the world! The event which is kindly sponsored by JP & Noreen McManus, also offers local GAA Clubs, the opportunity to share in a €20,000 nominators prize fund.

24 Greyhounds competed in the quarter finals, all vying for the coveted first prize of €80,000, with the first three dogs qualifying for the semi-finals on Saturday.

There was an outstanding performance from the Paddy Hennessy locally owned Leamaneigh Turbo, posting the fastest time of the competition to date of 28.16. The competition is now down to the final 12 and with the extremely high calibre, anticipation is mounting in advance of the semi-finals.

Each Greyhound running in the stake, is also linked to a GAA club from County Limerick. The overall winning nominator club will receive €10,000 and the fantastic opportunity to hold a fundraising night for their club at Limerick Greyhound Stadium, at no cost. The nominator club in second and third position will win €5,000 and €2,000 respectively, with the three unplaced nominators winning €1,000 each.

For more information and a list of nominators, please visit and follow the links for The Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Puppy Stake or call Imelda Cahalan on 061 448 037.

GRADAM CEOIL TG4 2013 TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARDS: The prestigious Gradam Ceoil TG4 (TG4 Traditional Music Awards) will take place in UCH on Saturday, March 30 at 7.45pm, where this year’s recipients will be presented with their awards at a gala event. The night will involve some of the best Irish traditional musicians performing and these include the recipients Dermot Byrne, who will be presented with the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Traditional Musician of the year award, Michael Tubridy who will be honoured with the Hall of Fame award, Séamus Ó Beaglaoich will receive Singer of the Year Award, Na Píobairí Uilleann will receive the Special Contribution Award, Tommy Peoples is this year’s recipient of Composer of the Year award and Dónal McCague will be presented with his award as Young Musician of the Year.

The concert will be presented by TG4’s Aoife Ní Thuairisg and Páidí Ó Lionáird. The recipients will be joined on stage by family and friends including Altan, Matt Molloy, Donal Lunny, Liam Ó Floinn, Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, Sarah Jane, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Tim Edey and many more. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on TG4 on Easter Sunday at 9.30pm.

For further information, please telephone 061 331 549, or Email:

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HEADLESS HORSEMAN ADVENTURE RACE 2013: Follow in the historic footsteps of the Normans, embark on a 45 mile journey with three stages beginning in the medieval town of Kilmallock, take in the beautiful Ballyhoura mountain trail and kayak around the mystical Lough Gur, before completing your journey through one of the last remaining medieval gates in Kilmallock, where a feast and host of festivities awaits you. HHAR is now in its third year and will take place on Saturday, March 30, starting and finishing in Kilmallock. It will consist of 45 miles broken into three stages; Stage 1 bike to hike, Stage 2 bike to kayak and Stage 3 Bike to Run.

This year, you have the option of completing a stage only which is set up as a race HHAR Mini for our rookies and new people to sport and adventure racing alike.

Bike To Hike: There is cycling in all three stages of the event. From Kilmallock to the Ballyhoura mountain trails Ardpatrick before you take on the Ballyhouras by foot. From the trails to Patrickswell Lough Gur where you will run to the Lake to Kayak and run back to your bike. The final cycle is from Patrickswell Lough Gur to Kilmallock before your final run to the finish line. 35 miles of this event is covered on the bike.

Bike To Kayak: The Kayak is in the second stage of the race (700m) and takes part in one of the most historical archaeological sites in Ireland.

Bike To Run: There is running in all three stages of the event. Section 1 is a tough run through the Ballyhoura mountain trail just over 6 miles. Section 2 run from Patrickswell lough Gur to the lake and back- totalling 3 miles. Section 3, the final run is just over 0.5 of a mile.

For further information, please telephone: 063 91300, or Email: Web:

‘ON THE NAIL’ LITERARY GATHERING: Please come along to The Loft Venue @ The Locke Bar, Georges Quay, Limerick on Tuesday, April 2 at 8pm. Organised by The Limerick Writers’ Centre, this popular monthly reading and open-mic continues to attract audiences with a mix of poetry, prose and music. Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers.

Even if you don’t write, you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD’s etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. For further information, please telephone Dominic Taylor at 087 2996 409 to make arrangements, or Email: Web: To view videos of previous reading, please go to:

ARD SCOIL RIS NEWS: Seven students from Ardscoil Rís have reached the final 100 competitors in the All-Ireland Linguistic Olympiad in DCU in March. Several thousand students sat the initial stages of the competition. The competition challenges secondary school students to apply logic and computational thinking, to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages – be it deciphering ancient Oriental scripts, decoding Armenian railway maps, or translating genealogical terms in Hawaiian.

The Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock, TD launched the 2013 season of AILO, which is run by the Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL), the academia-industry research partnership between Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin and University of Limerick.

The aim of the AILO contest, which runs annually, is to inspire students to pursue careers combining computing, linguistics and language. Ms Moira Wallace who coordinates the event in the school said that to for the Ardscoil students to make up over 7% of the top linguists in the country is something Limerick should be very proud of.

On their second attempt, Ardscoil Rís have emerged as winners of the All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival. The North Circular Road school production, “The Tragedy of MacBertie” was written and directed by TY student, Eoin O’Brien together with Mr James Delaney (Teacher). There were initially, over 50 schools nationally who entered the competition and the top 15 qualified for the All-Ireland final. Last year the school entered the competition for the first time and came fourth, with an award for lighting and props.

At a recent presentation by the Kemmy Business School to high performing students in Junior Cert Business Studies, Ardscoil Rís emerged top out of the 47 Mid-West schools represented at the ceremony. Awards were presented to 25 students. The Awards were co-hosted by the Business Studies Association of Ireland, with the aim of rewarding excellence and promoting Limerick as a centre of excellence for Business in Ireland.