Schools: Welcome back to the children and teachers of both schools in the parish and a very special welcome to all the new pupils.
Congratulations: Congratulations to Paralympic Rower Shane Ryan, Ballybricken who was conferred with a Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness by the University of Limerick recently.
Condolences: Sincere sympathies to the John O’Donnell and family on the death of his sister-in-law Nuala Gardiner, Bruff. Nuala is survived by her husband Eddie, sons Mervyn and Ian and daughters Sandra, Ethel and Nuala.
Knock Pilgrimage: A bus will run from the parish on Sunday 29 September to Knock Shrine. There will be no charge for the bus. Please let Mona know as soon as possible in order to book the size of bus required. All are very welcome.
GAA Cúl Camp: The Club held a very successful summer camp recently with 57 boys and girls attending from age six to twelve. This camp was held the week before the All Ireland Semi finals and a great atmosphere prevailed as a result. The Children enjoyed the Hurling and Football coaching and all the fun activities. The children were lucky to have such able and well known coaches for the week. These included Limerick senior players James Ryan and Paul Browne, Limerick minor players Richie English and Daragh O’Donovan and local girls Emma Maguire Limerick ladies Football Captain and Niamh Ryan Limerick Camogie County Player. All the children got their jerseys signed by the coaches and also by visiting Limerick player Aaron Murphy. Also a number of them had the privilege of getting on the front page of the Limerick Leader which they really enjoyed. A special thanks also to Kerry and Ann Walker and Pat Wade locally who co-ordinated the camp and to parents who helped with supervision at break times.
GAA Club Croke Park Trip: Our under 14 and 16 hurlers had a great trip to Croke Park recently to see the Limerick minors & seniors play. The bus left Scanlons shop at 7:30am and headed to Naas where we played Naas in both under 14 and 16 games. In total 49 people travelled including some supporters. We played Naas in two competitive games at 10am. Naas won both games but Ballybricken performed well in both against two very strong Naas teams. The club were very grateful to the Naas club where we were so well hosted and looked after in their fabulous facility. After the games the club were entertained in the Naas clubhouse before we headed to Croke Park. Many thanks to Rod Goodfellow who was our contact in Naas.
Before the two games a small presentation was made to Joe Leonard former Ballybricken player who now resides in Naas. Joe has the distinction of playing on the Limerick minor team that won the all Ireland in 1958. Joe played a starring role on that team at centre back. He actually played for both the Ballybricken and Naas Clubs. Both sets of teams gathered round for the presentation and Joe was presented with his trophy by John Keogh Club Secretary and the captains of the under 16 and 14 teams Christopher Coughlan & Sean Teefy respectively. Kevin Ryan chairperson said a few words on the Club’s behalf. Joe also responded and recalled times past of playing for both clubs and in particular when he was an underage player, he had to play with neighbouring clubs due to lack of numbers in Ballybricken. (He actually won an East Limerick Minor championship in 1956 with Fedamore.) He was very happy to see the club able to field two teams at the same time. Joe also won an East Junior medal in 1975 with Ballybricken that included his brothers James and Eugene and his first cousins John & Pat Keogh. Also present at the presentation were Joe’s brothers John (home from Australia) and James.
On the way to the game before we arrived in Naas the travelling party had by coincidence the pleasure of hearing a short and entertaining story read out on RTE Radio 1 by Joe’s wife May Clancy of a game played between Ballybricken and South Liberties in Caherconlish in the 1960’s. Incidentally the game finished in a draw and had a funny conclusion!!
The group travelled to Croke Park and got to the venue just in time for the minor game. For a number of the players it was their first time at the venue. The entire group were located together in the Davin Stand. While the end result in both games was disappointing all concerned enjoyed the experience and the atmosphere.
On the way back we stopped in the midway for refreshments and arrived back late at Scanlons shop all very tired.
The GAA club would like to thank all players for travelling and playing with their club and supporting their county.
We would also compliment them on their excellent behaviour from start to finish.
Community Radio: East Limerick Community Radio is holding a fundraiser draw with €2,000 in prizes including a first prize of €1,000. Tickets are €5 each and will be on sale throughout East Limerick in the coming weeks and are also available from all station presenters and volunteers. For further information contact John McCarthy on 087 2746299.
GAA Lotto: Draw held on 26 August: There was no winner of the Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn: 11, 13, 21 and 27. Lucky Dip winners were John Godfrey/Sean Enright, Joseph Teefy, John Lonergan and James B (c/o the Stroller).
Draw held on 01 September: There was no winner of the Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn: 9, 18, 24 and 29. Lucky Dip winners were Jim Fitzgerald, Anthony O’Sullivan, Fossy Dunne and Christy Keogh. The Jackpot is now €4,000. Tickets can be purchased from promoters, Scanlons shop or online at www.ballybrickenbohermoregaa.ie
GAA News: Our Junior Footballers lost to Knockane in the East Junior B championship on Thursday night last in Caherelly. Ballybricken had most of the possession and played some good football. However some missed opportunities and unlucky goals meant we were beaten on a scoreline of 5-5 to 0-8.
Our U16 Hurlers played Pallas in the Country Div 2 semi-final on Saturday last in Fedamore in what could only be described as our first taste of wintry conditions. Pallas got off to the ideal start scoring 1-2 before Conor Garvey converted Ballybricken’s first free after 10 mins. Both sides exchanged points through the rest of the first half with Conor Garvey converting 3 more placed balls leaving the half time score 1-7 to 0-4 in favour of Pallas. Ballybricken knew they had it all to do in the second half and started the stronger with a well finished goal from the newly introduced Dylan Conway followed by 2 more placed balls from Conor Garvey and points from Conal Ryan and Gearoid Mitchell put Ballybricken in the lead by a single point. Unfortunately that was to be Ballybricken’s final score of the match. Pallas were reduced to 14 players and struck back by converting 5 consecutive frees and a late goal left the final score 1-8 to 2-12 in favour of Pallas.
Mullinahone Trip: Our U12 hurlers attended the annual hurling tournament hosted by CJ Kickham’s GAA club in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary last Saturday. In total 17 players travelled on the day which it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The bus departed Caherelly at 7.30am and we arrived in Mullinahone at 9.30. Blessed with bright sunshine the village was a sea of colour with 28 teams from all over Ireland present. The day began with a parade through Mullinahone led by a pipe band which was followed by the official opening of the tournament. The games began at 11am and we were placed in a group with teams from Kilkenny, Cork and Derry. Over the 3 games we were treated to some excellent hurling with some great talent on show and this was a great experience for all of our kids in particular our 10 year olds who were having their first trip to this tournament and are already looking forward to returning. After the round robin series of games we qualified to play the Meath representatives in the semi-final of the shield competition. This turned out to be great contest with very little between the teams. Daniel Owens and Darragh Hogan were the main men for Ballybricken, Dan pitching in with a great goal and Darragh with 3 classy points and a bullet that just went wide. Luck was against us however and Caillum Hedderman, Aidan Walker, Colm O’Riordan and Niall Mitchell all went close to scoring goals which would have seen us through to the final. Unfortunately it was not to be and we lost out by 2 points. The boys lost nothing in defeat and can be proud of the effort that they put in to get so close to a place in the final. After this it was back to the club house for the medal ceremony and some light refreshments before heading for home with a stop along the way in Clonmel before arriving back in Caherelly at 7pm. The club would like to compliment all of the players for their behaviour throughout the day; they were great ambassadors for the club, thanks also to the adults who travelled on the day and the parents for turning the kids out in style.
Next up for the U12s will be the County Final days in hurling and football which take place over the next two Saturdays in Dan Neville Park, Rathkeale.