NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Munster Club Hurling Champions for the second time in three years, has a very nice ring to it.
Having lost the enforced toss of the coin, all roads led to the home of Clare hurling Cusack Park, Ennis. It was evident from the outset that the lads meant business and when Shane Dowling played a brilliant through pass for Kevin Downes to rifle to the net inside the first minute, it was lift off.
The team were playing with huge commitment and great teamwork and some great scores were taken inside the first half hour.
A brace from Adrian Breen along with points from David Dempsey and a long ranger from Pat Gleeson had us to the ascendancy. A brilliant point on the run from the left touchline by Shane Dowling, sent us in at the break 1-08 to 0-05 ahead.
The backs were immense throughout the game, especially man of the match Cathal King who snuffed out the threat of the evergreen Niall Gilligan. He was ably assisted by Kieran Breen, Michael Casey and David Breen, who never put a foot out of place.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first, when Kevin Ryan got the deftest of touches to a long delivery, to raise our second green flag. The handbrake was off at last and the lads really hurled without the pressure.
Points from Alan Dempsey who was excellent at midfield, along with three more from my man of the match Kevin Ryan, pushed us further ahead. Adrian Breen got in on the act with fifteen minutes left following up his own blocked effort, to all but finish the contest.
At this stage, Sean Stack had emptied the subs bench, allowing the all-important extended panel a run out. Last word went to David Sheppard, who capitalised on a blunder by the Bridge keeper, to score our fourth goal of the game.
This was an excellent performance, by an extremely dedicated bunch of players. No doubt, they will all enjoy the break and return refreshed in the new year, for the next challenge in the shape of the Joe Canning led Portumna in February.
Scorers: Shane Dowling(0-5,4f), Kevin Ryan (1-3), Adrian Breen( 1-2), Kevin Downes(1-0), David Sheppard(1-0),Alan Dempsey(0-2), David Dempsey(0-1), Pat Gleeson(0-1). Team: Padraic Kennedy, Cathal King, Kieran Breen, Michael Casey, Niall Buckley, David Breen, James O Brien(capt), Alan Dempsey, Pat Gleeson, William O Donoghue, Kevin Downes, David Dempsey, Kevin Ryan, Shane Dowling, Adrian Breen.
Subs used: Kieran Kennedy, David Sheppard, Brian Hartnett, Damien Quigley, John Madden A huge thank you to all our supporters, who responded to our rallying call on the day.
The lotto jackpot is now standing at €15,500, following Mondays draw. Numbers drawn were 7, 15, 24, 32. Lucky dip winners were Johnny Kavanagh, Helen Casey, Denis Collins and Caoimhe Bhreathnach. Sellers prize went to Liam Flynn and house prize to Mark Prendergast. Our lotto sellers night out, will take place in the club on Sat, November 30 at 9pm. Our Club AGM will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 8pm, preceded by Mass for the deceased. The Michael O Muircheartaigh table quiz takes place on Saturday, December 7 at 8pm. Please pre book your tables with Club PRO Derek Giltenan, as soon as possible.
BLUE BOX CREATIVE ARTS COFFEE MORNING: The Blue Box Creative Arts Therapy Centre provides therapy for children in Limerick. These children suffer Trauma for reasons sometimes outside of their parent’s control, due to environmental poverty, abuse, violence, bullying and suicide ideation.
The Blue Box offers free Therapy sessions in 19 schools in Limerick. The sessions are a safe place to explore their feelings and learn coping skills. A 1 hour session costs €70.00. Most children need about 20 sessions before they can move on and start to feel they can cope with the challenges they experience in their young lives.
We cannot bring you the stories we hear in the therapy rooms, as they are shared in confidence between the children and the Therapist but Michael Ryan, Principal, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School said – “In our view the service provided is essential. I earnestly hope that the services of The Blue Box will be available, as a permanent part of the range of services that young people in Limerick are so much in need of”.
We currently provide 3,034 therapy sessions in 19 schools in Limerick. There is a growing demand for our services. Currently our waiting list, has 223 children on it.
Here is how you can help. We want to make Friday, December 13 a ‘Lucky day for a child in Limerick’. Will you invite some of your friends to a coffee morning and raise just €70.00 for us and provide one session. To register your event, please ring Bernadette Kenny, CEO, of The Blue Box at 061 315 070, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot arrange an event yourself, you might join myself, Bernadette Kenny, and some of the Therapists in The Savoy Hotel, Henry Street, Limerick, for a coffee and chat about the work of The Blue Box. Thank you for helping us to make tomorrow better for even one child in Limerick.
JAZZ PIANIST VISITS MILLENNIUM THEATRE: Please come along to the Millennium Theatre, Moylish, Limerick on Saturday, November 30 at 8pm. Described by Dave Brubeck as “one of the most incredible pianists I’ve ever heard”,
Grammy award-winning musician, composer and producer Laurence Hobgood makes a seasonal return to Ireland for a series of intimate performances in Counties Kerry, Limerick and Cork.
Well-known to music fans for his 20-year and on-going collaboration with singer and fellow Grammy-winner, Kurt Elling, Laurence will introduce Irish listeners to his extraordinary and multi-faceted talents, both as a composer-arranger and most importantly as a pianist of the highest musical order.
Laurence has had a stellar career since moving to the city of Chicago in 1988. Hobgood was awarded three consecutive fellowships (90, 91 and 92) to perform in the Aspen Music festival, where he played with many great artists including Gary Burton, Clark Terry and Bob Mintzer.
For further information, please telephone 061 293 190, or Email: LITMT@lit.ie Web: www.litmt.ie
ANNUAL CONSOLE CELEBRATION OF LIGHT: The Annual Console Christmas Celebration of Light ..... remembering loved ones lost to suicide, will be held on Sunday, December 1 at 4pm, in St Augustines Church, O Connell St, Limerick. For further information, please telephone 061 306 792, or visit: www.console.ie. It will be an evening of music, song, poetry, reflection, remembering and celebrating
VISIT SANTA IN AID OF CLIONA’S FOUNDATION: Visit Santa at the Ardhu Bar, Ennis Road on Sunday, December 1 from 2pm to 5pm, in aid of Cliona’s Foundation. €10 per child (includes present & photograph). Free kids meal with every Adult meal purchased on the day - For tickets, please contact Fergal on 086 226 5692, or Finbarr 086 2259 729.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: There will be a Blood Donor Clinic at the Greenhills Hotel, Caherdavin on Monday, December 2 from 5pm to 8pm.