NA PIARSAIGH G.A.A. CLUB NEWS: Childers Road and Claughan GAA club were our destination for the under 16A County Hurling semi final, versus Patrickswell on Saturday afternoon. A notable change in the temperature brought a strong breeze, which swept right down the middle of the pitch and favoured our lads in the first half. We got off to a great start and were 1-04 to 0-01 to the good inside the first ten minutes, with our goal coming from Conor Houlihan. We were hurling well, with points coming from Marcus McMenamy, Peter Casey, Conor Houlihan and Thomas Grimes. Peader Collins at wing forward had a great day fielding ball after ball and distributing well to the inside line. Shortly before half time, Conor Houlihan fired in his second goal from a 21 yard free, to send us in at the break 2-09 to 1-03 ahead. We continued where we left off in the second half, with points from Thomas Grimes, Marcus McMenamy and Conor Houlihan. When Marcus McMenamy squared the ball for the awaiting Peter Casey to finish to the net, it was game over. To their credit, the Well fought valiantly to the end, but we were not to be denied our place in the County Final, where we will meet Doon. It was as a good workmanlike performance, with plenty of work yet to be done before the final. Best on the day were Peadar Collins, David Broderick, Thomas Grimes, Joe Gleeson and Conor Houlihan. Final Score Na Piarsaigh 3-15 to Patrickswell 2-07. Team: Eoghan Foley, Gearoid Synnott, Evan Gilvarry, David Broderick, Kevin Daly, Michael Andrews, Mark Considine, Joe Gleeson, Thomas Grimes(0-3), Peader Collins(0-1), Conor Boylan, Marcus McMenamy(0-4), Conor Houlihan(2-3), Jason Callinan, Peter Casey(1-3). Subs: J McCabe (0-1).
We held our All Ireland Hurling and Football Final Ticket raffle last Monday evening. Our Hurling tickets went to Louis Fitzgerald of Dromkeen and the football ticket to Eddie Hogan of Highfield. We would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone who sold tickets door to door and to all who supported our draw. Your support is vital to Na Piarsaigh GAA club now and in the future. Our Under 12 hurlers had a great day in ST Vincents GAA club on Saturday, when they took part in the Lar and Des Foley Tournament. We didn’t bring home the bacon, but nevertheless, it was a great experience for the lads. Our pitch redevelopment is gathering pace and is now nearing completion. An up to date view of the pitch can be seen on our website on the Home page. We wish our Senior hurlers the best of luck next Sunday afternoon in the County Senior Hurling Championship semi final versus Kilmallock. We hope to see all our supporters young and old at 3.30pm, in the Gaelic Grounds. Best wishes to Katie Campbell and the Wilson twins Jane and Aoife, who are part of the Limerick Intermediate Camogie squad in the All Ireland Final, versus Galway next Sunday at 2pm in Croke Park.
The lotto jackpot rumbles on and now stands at €14,400. The numbers drawn were 02, 03, 14 and 28. The lucky dip winners were Kevin O Connor, Margaret Foley, Ber Murphy and Marguerite Finnegan. Liam Maxwell won the sellers prize and Joe Crowley took the house prize.
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 month’s notice to Parish and Civil Registrar. Church Office: Telephone 061 325 288, from Sundays 9am to 12.30pm and Weekdays 9am to 9.45am.
SET DANCING CLASSES: Set Dancing Classes are resuming in the Monaleen G.A.A. Clubhouse on Thursday, September 12. The classes will be held every Thursday, with Beginners from 7pm to 8pm and Advanced from 8pm to 9.15pm. All are welcome. For further information, please telephone 087 257 7761.
MILFORD HOSPICE COFFEE MORNING: Bobby Byrnes Bar, 3 O’Connell Avenue, Limerick are hosting a Coffee Morning in Aid of Milford Hospice on Thursday, September 19. Pleasae come along and enjoy some complimentary homemade scones, pastries, tasty treats tea and coffee, while making a donation to a very worthwhile cause. Bring along your work colleagues, friends, neighbours and enjoy a catch up from 9am to 11am. As always, your support for our annual Hospice Coffee Morning is hugely appreciated, as it is such a valuable facility here in the City.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY COELIAC COMMUNION: Anybody who has a Coeliac condition is welcome to receive the Chalice at communion time, when the Ministers of the Eucharist receive at our Masses. Please if possible, inform the Celebrant before Mass begins, so as to make him aware.
VIDES IRELAND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION: VIDES Ireland is part of an international Voluntary Organisation and promotes voluntary service, which has as its focus the protection of human rights, especially those of women, children and young people all over the world. It is an integral part of the work carried on by the Salesian Sisters. Through VIDES, we offer young people 20 years and upwards, the opportunity to go abroad to a developing country, where our Sisters and communities are engaged in meaningful work in Africa and India. Should you be considering giving a short term or long term commitment to working in the developing world next Summer in a Salesian environment, you are welcome to join others in the first phase of preparation on Saturday, September 28. For further information, please contact Sr. Dympna on 086 3708 652.
LEGENDS INTERNATIONAL TAG RUGBY FESTIVAL: The Limerick Civic Trust Legends International Tag Rugby Festival will see some of the greats of the game togging out at the University of Limerick Sports Arena on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. They include former Irish internationals Peter Clohessy, Keith Wood, Trevor Brennan,Shane Byrne and David Wallace, Women’s Six Nations Grand Slam Winning international Joy Neville, former French international and the first man to lift the Heineken Cup Émile Ntamack, French international William Servat, and England’s most capped player Jason Leonard. The competition will feature 25 Mixed Tag Rugby Teams from all over Ireland and overseas, each of which will include a Rugby Legend. Legends will be allocated to teams based on a World Cup-styled draw taking place on the evening before the tournament begins. The Festival, which also will feature a range of other entertainment in Limerick City throughout the weekend, is being organised by Limerick Civic Trust and supported by the Irish Tag Rugby Association (ITRA), University of Limerick, Clohessy’s Bar and The Gathering Limerick. Funds raised by the event will go towards Limerick Civic Trust projects, including a proposed permanent memorial to former Limerick sports men and women. Dr. James Ring, CEO of the Limerick Civic Trust said: “The International Tag Rugby Festival has been months in the planning and we are delighted to be able to finally announce the event which forms part of the Year of the Gathering, as well as being an important fundraiser for the Trust. We have received huge support from some of rugby’s biggest names and look forward to inviting tag rugby enthusiasts to tag a legend this October. Further information is available from www.tagrugby.ie.”
ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL CONCERT: Please come along to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick on Thursday, September 12 at 8pm. Roisin Walsh, accomplished Limerick soprano, once again returns to the beautiful surrounds of the Cathedral for a delightful September Serenade. Accompanied by Colette Davis, Roisin will be joined by a number of local singers for this beautiful evening of music. The Last Rose of Summer is the fourth concert organized to support Roisin’s studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, with all previous events – September Serenade, A Grand Night For Singing and Classics At The Cathedral completely selling out. The programme for this beautiful concert will vary from well known operatic arias, duets, musical theatre and operetta to well known Irish songs, and guarantees something to suit all musical tastes. Roisin is joined on the evening by Owen Gilhooly, Sarah-Ellen Murphy, Ellen Collins and Kevin Neville. Roisín Walsh is well known in operatic and musical theatre circles. She studied for many years with Olive Cowpar, winning numerous awards and competitions in that time, as well as taking leading roles in many recent Limerick Musical Society productions, including The King & I (for which she was nominated for an AIMS award for “Best Supporting Female”) and Fiddler On The Roof. In 2010, Roisín received an unprecedented five offers to study at prestigious colleges in the UK, opting for London’s renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then, she has completed the Guildhall Artists Masters Programme in Vocal Performance and gained invaluable experience. She has participated in masterclasses with Graham Johnson OBE, Dame Emma Kirkby DBE and Sarah Walker CBE, as well as performing at various levels, including roles in both full operas and recitals. Last year, Roisín successfully secured her place and full fee scholarship on the prestigious opera course at the Guildhall School, an innovative training programme which accepts only twelve singers each year and provides an advanced level of vocal training. University Concert Hall is proud to support Roisín in her studies and encourages local audiences to come along to St. Mary’s Cathedral, to enjoy what will be a truly wonderful concert. For further information, please telephone 061 234 184, or Email: email@example.com Web:www.uch.ie
DAMIEN O’BRIEN - BOOK READING: Please come along to O’Mahony’s Booksellers, 120 O’Connell St, Co. Limerick on Saturday, September 14 at 12pm. Damien O’Brien will read from “The Time Has Come”. K2 is one of the world’s most difficult and unpredictable mountains. On 1st August 2008, Ger McDonnell became the first Irish person to reach the summit of K2 as part of the Norit K2 team. But neither Ger nor the other climbers knew that below them, an avalanche had swept away their ropes. The descent witnessed one of the worst tragedies in recent climbing history. Using eyewitness accounts, countless hours of interviews with surviving climbers, family, friends and others involved, photographic research and Ger’s own writings, a compelling story of bravery and heroism in the face of terrible odds emerges. This epic account of 37-year-old Irishman Ger McDonnell, reveals a man who was passionate about life and lived it to its entirety. Admission is Free. For further information, please telephone 087 3442 858, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.elementalfestival.com
HIGH NELLY BIKE TRIBUTE: Please visit the Franciscan Friary, Henry Street, Limerick Saturday, September 14 from 11am to 3pm. A Limerick Company have honoured the Famous High Nelly Bike with an exhibition set to tour Ireland, that will not only explain the roots of the legendary transport mode, but also some of the major events it played a pivotal role in. The exhibition is to be unveiled at the Limerick Elemental Festival and will showcase a 1901 track bike, as well as the traditional bikes we all know and love. The history of High Nelly manufacture in Ireland will be a surprise for most to discover with dates, time lines and locations all revealed. Some, if not the most important moments in Irelands history have High Nelly bicycles at their core, with our very own Michael Collins using such a machine to name one, together with the fact that all our families relied on the bike to make a living, get to work, to the match or home from the dance. This exhibition celebrates it all. Admission is Free. For further information, please telephone 087 3442 858, or Email: email@example.comWeb: www.elementalfestival.com