ARD SCOIL RIS IN CHECKMATE FINALS: The 2013 Secondary Schools CheckMate Finals was held recently at the South Court Hotel, Raheen, Limerick. Teams had qualified from Regional play-offs held around the country and 18 teams turned up, 72 players. It was a first time appearance by Ardscoil Rís in this competition. They came a creditable 6th out of 19 schools that entered. Many of the country’s strongest Junior players were playing on some team, including the current u19’s (Hugh Doyle Cork CBC) and u16’s (Geoffrey Keating Ardscoil Rís) Irish Champions. Chess clocks were used in all games, with a fast Rapid play time setting of 15 minutes each. Six rounds were played in total, with a short break after round 4. The tournament was run as an Individual swiss tournament, with Individual team members scores making a team score. Team members are barred from playing each other by the Computer software, thereby not causing any distortion to the results. There were three clear team places and three clear Individual places, and no blitz play-off’s were necessary.
Christian Brothers College, Cork took 1st place by a single half point to newcomers, Crescent
College from Limerick who came 2nd. Castleknock College (Leinster Champions) came 3rd with only 1.5 game points behind the winners – the results were that close. (This was the winners 4th consecutive win). Zaran Butt from Castleknock College took the Individual prize beating several Irish International players along the away. He was followed closely by Chris Young and Hugh Doyle who took 2nd and 3rd places respectively on tie-break.
It is a requirement in CheckMate and ChessZ finals that the individual winner must win on the Board, and not on a numbers based tie-breaking system. Positions after 1st place are decided by Computer tie-breaking. However this year no such Blitz play-off was necessary.
Last week at the same venue saw Ardscoil Rís go in defence of their Irish title (NoPressure!) which they won on their first appearance in this competition last year, in the ChessZ league. Brothers Geoffrey (All Ireland Junior u/16 Champion 2013) & Thomas Keating (Individual All Ireland Secondary Schools Champion 2012) led two teams this year from Ardscoil Rís. Last year was nerve wrecking as it was the school’s first venture, but this year had an extra hidden twist which did not reveal itself until the competition drew to its conclusion. This year the school entered two teams A & B. What a fabulous achievement by the Ardscoil Ris ‘A’ team on retaining the team title for their school. Credit to all members of this team, who won this nail biting encounter. Ardscoil Ris ‘A’ team lead by half a point going into the last round from Scoil Pol Kilfinane Co.Limerick and Spioraid Naoimh Cork, but they ended up winning by a margin of 3 points at the end. However the real drama then unfolded, as there was a tie for the individual title between the two Keating brothers in the boys section and in the girls section there was equal drama, as the Hearne sisters from Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir also tied for first place. It ended up with a play off blitz (5 minutes on the clock) between the Keating brothers from Ardscoil Ris on one board and the Hearne sisters on the other. It was a tense fast and nerve wrecking playoff, with all four pupils acquitting themselves very well. It was the third occasion that the Keating’s had to face off in major competition and Geoffrey finally prevailed over his brother Thomas for the first time and thus was crowned individual All Ireland secondary schools Champion. A special note must be made regarding their other two team mates, without whom the team victory would not have been possible and they are Gareth Hobbs and Daniel McCarthy who played well and have now tasted success for the first time. To the valiant ‘B’ team who competed well, they were Patrick McSherry, Ciaran Costelloe, Eoin Caffrey and Jack Coffey. Congratulations to all!
The ChessZ school leagues started in 2003 with a league based around Limerick and the Mid-West. Three categories were introduced... a. Champions League - for stronger more experienced players. An Irish Finals is held. b. Novices League - for those not playing more than 2 years or thereabouts. This League stops at County level. c. Girls League - for Girls-only to try and get more Girls playing. An Irish Finals is held. The following year, the League was extended to Munster schools with sufficient success.
In 2005, it was decided to go Nationwide to all 26 counties and 4,000 schools were contacted, Secondary and Primary. Some 250 teams took part that year and it remained close to that until the Recession hit. As Limerick is the most central city of the big 4 in the Irish Republic, it was decided that All Irish Finals would be held there. In 2009, ChessZ’ main competitor, ‘CheckMate’ decided to stop running their leagues. John Alfred bought that League for a nominal sum and now runs both. Last Friday marked the Irish Finals for the Secondary ChessZ Finals. Champions winners and Girls-only winners from around the Country took part in the South Court Hotel. Last year Ardscoil Rís won the Champions Finals, and Scoil-Mhuire from Carrick-on-Suir won the Girls only. As it has turned out, both schools defended their titles successfully this year.
LIMERICK HOCKEY TEAM NETS PERFORMANCE IN SPORT AWARD: The Catholic Institute Men’s seconds have been named the winner of the Performance in Sport Award for March, sponsored by Limerick-based first aid and medical device specialists Fleming Medical in conjunction with Limerick Sports Partnerships. The award scheme adjudication panel selected the Hockey team, which is part of the Rosbrien-based Catholic Institute Athletic Club, after they claimed both the Irish Hockey Challenge - their first national title in 103 years – and the Munster Barber Cup having beaten Waterford in the final. The Catholic Institute Athletic Club was formed in 1910 and is one of the oldest sporting institutions in Munster and Ireland. The club has a long and rich tradition in the Limerick area for promoting the sport of Hockey and throughout the decades has provided Munster and Ireland with numerous Tennis, Hockey and Squash International and Interprovincial players. Open to all 700 clubs in Limerick City and County, the winners of the monthly award are decided by a committee made up of LSP staff and Fleming Medical staff. At the end of the year, the monthly winners will be invited to the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership (CLLSP) annual awards ceremony, where the sporting performance of the year will win an AED (provided by Fleming Medical) worth €2400, an AED training evening for 8 people worth €600 and a perpetual trophy. “The Performance in Sport Award recognises the valuable contribution made by sporting clubs and organisations to community life throughout Limerick,” explained CLLSP Coordinator, Phelim Macken. He continued: “The Catholic Institute Men’s seconds are thoroughly deserving of the second monthly Performance in Sport Award. The team is made up of senior and youth players, each of whom have brought considerable success to the Catholic Institute Athletic Club during the past few weeks. It is worth noting, that 10 of the side’s players have come through the clubs underage programme and this was their first season in an adult competition.” 17-year-old cross country athlete and Scoil Pol Secondary school student Ed Valetka from Kilfinane was named the inaugural winner of the monthly Performance in Sport Award in March.
Entries to the Performance in Sport Award must be forwarded by the clubs themselves by email to: email@example.com before 1pm on the last Friday of each month, before the results are published. A club can win the monthly award more than once, but the overall award goes to the best sporting performance of the year and not the club who wins the most monthly awards. Winners will be published every month in the CLLSP & LCSP notes in the local media and through correspondence with Sports clubs.
For further information on the Monthly Performance in Sport Award, please visit www.cllsp.ie, www.limerickcitysports.ie, www.flemingmedical.ie, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIVIL DEFENCE FUNDRAISER FOR LIMERICK SUPPORT GROUPS: Limerick City Civil Service has announced it will be holding a fundraising campaign this weekend to raise money for the Limerick Branch of The Samaritans and Pieta House. The voluntary service says the purpose of the campaign, is to raise awareness of the full-time emotional support service provided by the organisations. Mayor of Limerick Gerry McLoughlin, newly crowned Limerick Rose Chloe Heslin and Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick, will be joining Civil Defence volunteers on the streets of Limerick City on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 to participate in a bucket collection. Various city centre pubs and cafes will also be accepting donations on behalf of the Civil Defence throughout the 4-day Riverfest weekend (3-6 May). Commenting on the background to the fundraising campaign, Cecilia O’Flaherty, Limerick City Civil Defence Officer stated: “Limerick City Civil Defence has far too often experienced the tragic results of depression and in holding this fundraising campaign, we want to send out a clear message to anyone who may be suffering from depression, that there are people on hand who can guide them through any difficulties they may be experiencing in their lives. If we can save one life by helping The Samaritans and Pieta House to become better resourced, then our efforts will have been well worth it.”
“The Samaritans provide a truly wonderful service, as there is always a volunteer at the end of a phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While it remains one of the largest voluntary emotional support organisation in Limerick and works in co-operation with other groups who provide a different service such as Pieta House, it remains dependant on fundraising and donations to maintain its services. We are delighted to be able to play our part and show our appreciation of those who dedicate their time to helping others,” Ms. O’Flaherty added.
Meanwhile, figures released by Limerick City Civil Defence show a dramatic rise in the number of incidents responded to by members, as well as the number of days during which search and rescue and recovery operations were carried out. Compared to one search call-out in 2011, volunteers conducted five searches over 32 days in 2012. According to Ms. Flaherty: “Sadly, the opening quarter of 2013 has once again been a busy period for Limerick City Civil Defence. However, our members remain committed and ready to assist the other Emergency Services in search, rescue and recovery operations around the City and elsewhere, if required. Meanwhile, Civil Defence members also continue to provide medical cover for events including the annual St Patricks Day Festival, the Great Limerick Run, Riverfest and all Munster Rugby and Limerick FC games at Thomond Park.” Limerick City Civil Defence is 70% funded by the Department of Defence with the remaining 30% funding provided by Limerick City Council. There are currently 75 members of Civil Defence in Limerick City, while a number of new volunteers are currently undergoing training.
The Civil Defence fleet includes 1 Fire Appliance, 2 Ambulances, 3 Jeeps, 2 Mini-Buses, 1 Landrover, a Mobile Communications Centre, 2 Boats (Rib, Inflatable), 2 Inflatable Tents, 6 Bicycles kitted out for First Aid duties and 10 Kayaks. The service also possesses a range of Emergency Lighting and First Aid equipment. For more information, please visit: www.limerickcity.ie/emergency/CivilDefence. To donate to Limerick Samaritans, please visit: www.limericksamaritans.org.
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.
NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Our under 21 hurlers take pride of place this week, when they annexed a third Limerick Under 21 Hurling title in four years, following an extremely tough battle against a gallant Patrickswell. Playing into the teeth of a very strong wind, we battled well and traded points with our opponents, with Shane Dowling showing his exceptional free taking ability and also an excellent point from play, to add to Michael Foley’s point following a powerful surging run. Our backs were standing up well to the pressure, superbly marshalled by Mark Buckley and Alan Dempsey. Further points from David Sheppard ,Adrian Breen and Ronan Lynch sent us in all square at the break, on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-10. The second half continued along similar lines, with the game very much in the melting pot all through the half. Scores from David Sheppard, Ronan Lynch, Mark Ryan and an unbelievable point from the sideline, by ace marksman Shane Dowling, sealed a memorable victory. Overall a very satisfying result for Conor Shiels, Diarmuid Madigan and Tom Millea. Final Score Na Piarsaigh 0-20 to Patrickswell 1-15.
Team: Evan Condon, Mike Casey, Mark Buckley, Kevin McNamara, Gordon Brown, Alan Dempsey, Mike Foley(0-1), Mark Ryan(0-1), William O Donoghue, David Sheppard(0-3), Shane Dowling(0-12, 9Fr), David Dempsey, Ronan Lynch(0-2), Adrian Breen(0-1), Eoin Keogh. Sub Used: Josh O Halloran.
Our intermediate footballers entertained Glin in the County League on Friday. We welcomed the return of Davy Dalton to the team. Leading by three points at the break, with our scores coming from Evan Egan, Rob Sheehan, Ronan McKenna, Ciaran Ryan and Brian Shannon.
We began the second half, with a point from a Brian Shannon free. However, a mini revival from Glin with a goal and a point, levelled the game up. We added scores from Podge Kennedy, Evan Egan, Brian Shannon and a goal from Ronan McKenna, sealed the victory on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-08. Davy Dalton and Kevin Nolan were most prominent on the night.
The 12B hurlers won well on Thursday evening, when we entertained Patrickswell in Pairc Drumguil. We had a great turnout, with a squad of 25 and all played their role in the victory.
The scores came from Robin Ryan Blake, David Hourigan, Dylan Skeehan, Ronan O Gorman and Patrick O Neill. We can all look forward to our next game against Monaleen in two weeks time. Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 10-08 to Patrickswell 3-02.
Na Piarsaigh Under 16s played their second game of the championship on Monday in LIT against Newcastle West. Playing with the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half, we began this match with a great goal from Jason Callanan and some excellent points from Conor Houlihan, Thomas Grimes and Peter Casey. We fell off a bit, midway through the half, but two superb long range points from Joe Gleeson, got us moving well again and we finished the half strongly with our second goal, this one from the stick of Conor Houlihan. While the scoreboard may not reflect it, Na Piarsaigh did not have things all their own way, and as we changed ends and went against the breeze, our backs were superb delivering great ball upfield. With Mark Considine, David Broderick and Peadar Collins clearing their lines and with a good supply of ball, we had three more goals, one each from Peter Casey, Daniel Long and Conor Houlihan. Conor Boylan and Jerry McCabe worked hard in the middle of the park, throughout the game. Newcastlewest fought all the way and were rewarded with a goal of their own, before the full time whistle. Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 5-19 NCW 1-03.
Scorers: Peter Casey 1-9 (0-4f), Conor Houlihan 2-2, Jason Callanan 1-2, Thomas Grimes 0-3, Daniel Long 1-0, Joe Geeson 0-2 Jerry McCabe 0-1. Congratulations to Maurice Horan, Cian Coady, Seoirse Laffan, Alan Finnegan and Willie Mulcahy, for breaking Limerick’s duck in Croke Park and bringing home the Division 4 trophy.
Congrats also to Ard Scoil Ris under 15 Rice Cup team who qualified for a semi-final with Midleton, following victory over Templemore by 2-12 to 1-10.
The Feile na nGael 50/50 draw will take place this Thursday evening, during the table quiz in the clubhouse, at 9.30pm.
The jackpot is now €12,500, following Mondays draw. Numbers drawn were 06, 14, 22 and 23. Lucky dip winners were Billy Grimes, James O Riordan, Ger Tuite and Mary Leonard.
Sellers prize went to Seoirse Laffan and house prize to Eddie Grimes.
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 @ email@example.com. ONE HOUR CAN MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE TO ADAPT SERVICES.