Limerick GAA Club Notes, April 21

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All the news from around the Limerick GAA clubs. The notes appear first in the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader.

All the news from around the Limerick GAA clubs. The notes appear first in the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader.


INTERMEDIATE: Athea 1-19, Cappamore 2-5. Athea Intermediates took on a very physically strong Cappamore team in Páirc na nGael on Tuesday evening of last week. We started brightly with two points from the boot of Gerard Ahern before Cappamore responded with a point of their own. Further points from Gerard Ahern (4) Conor Mullane and Sean McGrath gave Athea a cushion. At this stage a great move by Athea saw Morgan O’ Connor through on goals but his shot was well saved by the keeper. Towards the end of the half, we let the visitors back into the game as we wasted a lot of ball into the forwards. Too often their halfback line were allowed to move up the field and put our backs under a lot of pressure.

Cappamore scored three unanswered points and only for a great save by our keeper Gerard Collins the halftime score would have been much closer than 0-8 to 0-4 in favor of Athea. In the second half, despite Cappamore getting the first point of the half from a free we were much improved. Our backs were much tighter, while our forwards were moving much better mainly due to the great supply of ball from our midfield and halfbacks. A well worked move up the stand side of the field ended up with Sean McGrath scoring a great goal for Athea’s first score of the half and this seemed to spur on the team as we scored a further eight points without reply. A couple of late goals for the visitors and three further points for Athea left the final score Athea 1-19, Cappamore 2-5. Over all this was a good performance as five of our six forwards scored from play as well as a point each for Morgan O’ Connor (Midfield) and Shane Tierney (Corner back).

Team: Gerard Collins, Raymond Brouder, Matthew Tierney, Shane Tierney (0-1), Padraig Reidy, Paul Collins, Denis Greaney, Morgan O’ Connor (0-1), Michael Reidy, Sean McGrath (1-2), Gerard Ahern (0-11), Kevin O’ Keeffe (0-1), Jamie Collins, Pa Ahern (0-1), Conor Mullane (0-2). Subs: Mike Ahern (For Matthew Tierney injury), Jason Quille, Timmy Enright, Dan McMahon & Brian Murphy.

JUNIOR B: Athea 0-8 St Senans 2-10. The Junior team played their first game of the league away to St. Senans on Thursday last. A good few players were unavailable on the night but we still had 16 players on duty. Best on the night were Ray Brouder and Sean Ahern.

Team: John Cotter, Jason O’ Flaherty, Mike Ahern, Shane Tierney, Dan McMahon, Raymond Brouder, Eoin McCarthy, Tomas Mullane, John Geoghegan, Dan Leahy, Brian Ahern, Gary Carroll, Jamie O’ Brien, Sean Ahern and Brian Murphy, Sub: Thomas Sexton.

PHOTOGRAPHS: The Club are still looking for any old photographs or match programmes from anyone that has them in the parish. Contact John Hunt or Lal Browne.

SYMPATHY: The Club would like to offer sympathy to the Shine family on the passing of Bridie-Ann Shine, Gortnagross. Our Sympathy to the O’ Connor family, in particular Seanie O’ Connor on the death of his brother Michael in Upper Athea.

Our Sympathy also to the Redmond Family, Lower Athea on the passing of Joan Redmond in Mallow and our sympathy to the Murphy Family, Gortnagross on the passing of Liam Murphy.

UNDERAGE: Our U-10 footballers had their first game of the year when they travelled to Askeaton last Saturday to take on the locals. It was a cold and windy day with spots of rain but the kids made light of the conditions to play some great football. We had 20 players so we divided into two teams, Athea Giants and Athea Celts, Askeaton did the same and each team had two 20 minute games. Most players got to play in a variety of positions i.e. 10 minutes in backs, 10 minutes in forwards or 10 minutes in goals. The panel was Michael Tierney, Gavin Ambrose, Eoin O’ Shea, Pierce O’ Brien, Andrew O’ Riordan, Pauric Enright, TJ Hunt, Adam Byrne, Dermot Pierse, Daire O’ Shea, Gavin Mulvihill, Conor Mullane, Gearoid O’ Sullivan, Fergal Pierse, Amy Ryan, Meadhbh Donovan, Molly Ahern, Aisling Dalton, Shonagh Mahony and Shauna Sweeney. Thanks to Askeaton GAA club for hosting us and for the treats after the games.

SCHOOLS: Athea N.S. sent both boys and girls teams to the INTO West Limerick mini sevens blitz in Rathkeale last Wednesday. The boys were first into action, but they didn’t get into their stride until too late in the game so they bowed out tamely to Cappagh N.S.

The girls were then into action and they had a rip roaring contest with a very good Ardagh team but the Athea girls were a better balanced team. Ciara O’ Shea was outstanding in defence, Sinead Hunt was everywhere in midfield and Aibhilín Murphy was unmarkable in the forwards. They won this game which put them into the final against Shauntrade who had an easy win over Newcastle West in their semi-final. The final was expected to be close but our girls played football out of the top drawer to completely overwhelm their opponents, Ciana Murphy had a mighty game at midfield ably assisted by Claire Carmody, Grace Ryan as Captain showed her class in defence and Rachel Greaney was excellent up front. Aibhilín Murphy again was super in the final. Ciara Hunt and Maura Broderick came on as subs and made a telling contribution to the win. The team now go on to the county finals in Rathkeale on Thursday April 25.


REGISTRATION: The Ladies Gaelic Football Season for 2013 has started and all players must complete a Registration Form for the Club to ensure that each player is covered for insurance purposes. The Form is available from each Team Manager or on – Download Page.

INTER-COUNTY: Congratulations to Sophie O’Callaghan and Lauren Ryan who represented Limerick in the Munster Semi-Final at U-14 Level against Kerry in Tralee.

U-10 BLITZ: Mungret St Paul’s hosted a Football Blitz for U-10 Girls and teams from Adare, St. Ailbe’s, Mungret St. Pauls and St. Patrick’s participated. Each team got to play three twenty minute matches and for some it was their first time taking part in such an event. Great heart, spirit and skill were shown by all teams at a highly enjoyable event. A special thank you to the Team Managers – Martin O’Farrelly and Eddie Sweeney.

Adare’s squad was Alice Murphy, Anna Mockler, Alison Roche, Bianca Marias, Carla Griffin, Chloe Forde, Claire Roche, Erica O’Callaghan, Francesca Neilan, Hannah Sweeney, Isla Hoare, Lucy Coyle, Sally Smyth, Sara O’Farrelly

U-12 GAME: Adare U-12 girls’ third match in the 2013 West Championship was scheduled for Friday last. On the day, Killulta had insufficient numbers to field a viable team and they agreed that the fixture would not be contested.

However, the fine sunny evening in Pallaskenry was not wasted as with surplus numbers, Adare girls supplemented Killulta’s numbers to form a team. A lively and sporting game ensued between “blues” and “reds”.

With the pressure of achieving Championship points removed, the girls were free to display their skills and enjoy the occasion.

Adare’s squad on the day was Eve Murphy, Muireann McCarthy, Gillian O’Donnell, Kate O’Farrelly, Aoife Hickey, Jean Morrissey, Annie Giltenane, Grace Feighan, Faye Morgan, Amy Looney, Siobhan Lowry, Jenna Mulcaire, Chloe Moore, Ainne Finn , Maria Toomey, Louise Butler, Sive O’Halloran, Martha Stack, Mai Keating, Anna Neilan, Ailbhe McGinness and Mary Ann Canty


U-21 HURLING: All roads lead to Bruff this Saturday as Ahane U-21 play Na Piarsaigh in the county semi-final at 6pm

SENIOR: Ahane seniors hurlers qualified for the East Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday by beating near neighbours MurroeBoher on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-10

MINORS: Ahane minor hurlers started their championship last Friday night. Ahane are playing in the premier championship this year and after a high scoring game they were defeated by Patrickwell on a scoreline 3-13 to 0-19.

CLOBBER:Bord Na Nog are running this fundraiser as part of the Feile 2013. Thety are collecting any unwanted clothes,bags shoes no duvets or pillows. Pleasae drop all items to clubhouse.

LOTTO: If you have not joined the 2013 Lotto you can still do tickets €10 a month can be obtained from any committee member

MEMBERSHIP: 2013 membership now due please contact registrar Brian O Mara

TEXT/EMAIL: If you would like to receive match alerts for Ahane GAA Club for 2013 please text your name email and phone number to Mike Flannery PRO at 087 9338803 and we will keep everyone informed of upcoming games dates fixtures and venues. Full details of all fixtures and match reports are on and

GEAR: New club gear available now please contact Bernie Quirke at 087 4190260.


SCRAP METAL COLLECTION: Ballylanders and Glenroe GAA clubs are holding a scrap metal collection over the next two weekends on Saturday 20th and 27th. There will be drop off depots in Ballylanders and Glenroe GAA fields from 9.30 am to 4pm on both days. Anybody who has scrap and needs it collected can contact any of the below organisers. Diarmuid McCarthy 087 6610248, Mikey fox 087 9680204, Dave lonergan 087 9846007, Steve Fox 087 9536248, Liam Martin 087 7681348. There are flyers available in local shops where the full list of what scrap is acceptable can be seen. Alternatively people can view this list on We would appeal to anyone who has scrap lying around to drop it in or arrange to have it collected.

CLUB LOTTO: The lotto was held last Saturday night 13/04 in The Premier Bar. There was no winner of the €3400 jackpot. Numbers drawn were 7,12,14,27. Lucky dips were Tom Fox (Tae), Mary fox, Robert ahern, Mike Hannigan, loran McCarthy. Next draw takes place 27/04 in The Kingdom Bar for a jackpot of €3600

LIMERICK GAA DRAW: Congratulation to the following who won prise money of €250 each in the April draw Joan & Paul Regan, Billy & Patricia Elliott

LIMERICK MINORS: Everyone in the club would like to wish the best of luck to Tom O Dwyer, John O Neill and Brian O Connell who are part of the limerick minor football panel that play Waterford in the Munster quarter final on this Saturday 20/04 in fraher field Dungarvan at 2.30pm.

SYMPATHY: Ballylanders GAA would like to express their deepest sympathy to the O’Rourke and Maguire families on their recent bereavements RIP.


LOTTO: Congratulations to Steven Browne who won the Lotto Jackpot prize of €7,900 at last week’s draw on Sun night last April 14 at the stroller. The winning numbers were 2, 20, 23 & 29. Lucky Dip winners were Tina Carroll, Jim Fitzgerald, Mairead O’ Shanahan & Brid Teefy. The next draw will take place at the Swans on Sunday April 21st at 9.00pm.

U-16 HURLING: U-16 Hurlers played Cappamore on Monday April 8 in Cappamore. Our lads put in a very good team performance in what was a very tight and evenly contested game. It came down to the wire and Cappamore secured the win with the last puck of the ball in injury time. Final score 4-5 to 2-12 in Cappamore’s favour.

MINORS: Minor Hurlers (Naomh Brid) played Murroe Boher on Friday April 12 in Caherelly. It was our first outing of the year against a strong Murroe Boher side that came away with a comprehensive win on the night. Despite the fact the game as a contest was over by half time, every player put in a solid and committed performance. We upped our game in the second half and contested well which resulted in and evenly contest half and something the team can build on going forward.

U-12 HURLING: U-12 Hurlers had their first hurling game of the season last Thur evening v Murroe-Boher. We fielded a very young team and they showed great spirit to come away losing by 2 points on a score line of 1-5 to 2-0 after a very competitive match where all the players gave a great account of themselves. Best on the night for Bally were Patrick Byrnes who scored our 2 goals and Michael Martin and Darragh Hogan at mid field who worked tirelessly from start to finish. Great credit also to the younger members of the team in particular Seamus Bourke and Aaron Hickey who showed some lovely touches. Panel : Darragh Hogan, Matthew Pender, Patrick Byrnes, Michael Martin, Colm O’Riordan, Aidan Walker, James Martin, Scott McEvoy, Ruairi Cahill, Seamus Bourke, Aaron Hickey, Michael O’Dwyer. Training takes place every Tuesday at 6.30 pm in Caherelly and new members are always welcome.

SKILLS: Thanks to all the players and coaches that turned out for the Paudie Butler skill training session last Sunday April 14. The session was a great success with a great turnout of players and coaches covering U-6 to U-16 age groups. Thanks also to all the parents that helped out with the refreshments.

MASS: Mass for deceased club members will take place in Bohermore on Sunday April 21.


FEILE: Our U-14’s Feile na nGael team beat Treaty Gaels 5-2 to 0-0, on Tuesday April 9 in the Round 3, of the U-14 league.

Panel: Joanne Davoren, Caoimhe Mooney, Mairead Hannon, Jade Gillane, Kate Healy, Olivia Robert, Ciara O Connell, Megan Griffin, Aine O Connor, Orla Curtin, Michelle Maher, Ailish Hogan, Ailish McLoughlin, Emma Kate Quinn, Abbie O Brien, Niamh Quinn, Alanna McGregor, Chloe Keyes, Mikaela Keyes, Amy Walsh, Sarah Condon

U-16: Our U-16’s are playing Na Piarsaigh Round 3, B group 2 on Friday April 19 at 6:30 in Ballybrown.

We are having our second U.V. disco on Friday the 10th May. Time 9-12pm, 1st-3rd Year Students, Entry €10.


LOTTO: There is something particularly peculiar about this weeks club lotto results. Two weeks ago we had an unusual first when the €50 lucky dip winner was Pepe Power.

What is unusual about that you might ask and at first glance you would think, not a whole lot. However if you scrape or should we say paw the surface a little deeper you will find that Pepe is indeed Bruffs most celebrated canine!! Well Pepe is up to her tricks again and once more has scoped a €50 lucky dip winner!! Odds on that please Paddy Power!! Looks like Pepe has the golden touch and it would make some story if she were to land this weeks €12,700 jackpot. Question is, if that were to happen would she bite off more then she could chew, or would she go barking mad with delirium and leave the rest of us chasing our tails!! We’ll have to wait and see. With Pepe taking the limelight the other mere mortals to win €20 were Sheila Barron, Seán O ‘Brien, Pat Clohessy, Kate O’Leary, Suzanne O ‘ leary, Mrs. Betty Ring, Marie Browne, Sara Finn and Mike McAuliffe. Thank you for you continued support of the club lotto.

FASHION SHOW: The club held a fundraising fashion show in Bulgaden Castle last Thursday night, in aid of club funds as well as supporting our U-14 feile hurlers & camogie players and the local playground development. A great nights entertainment was had by all and with boutiques from Charleville, Hospital, Tipperary Town, and Limerick, the large crowd in attendance got to view some fantastic fashion, all modelled on the night by local models and club players. The club would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the night a success. Thanks goes to the fashion show committee, to those who bought tickets, to Conal and Mary Kelly and the staff of Bulgaden Castle, to the boutiques, the models, compere Don Andrews, The Beauty Box, Zoe Horigan, our advertisers, our floormen, all those who donated spot prizes and

anyone else who assisted in raising funds for the club. We would ask you to support our advertisers, the boutiques and those who donated spot prizes, where possible.

RESULTS: Pride of place this week goes to our U21 hurlers who brought the first piece of silverware of the year, to the banks of the morning-star last Sunday evening, with a thrilling 2-16 to 2-13 victory over the Croom/Crecora combination. Played in Hospital, this was a game to warm the cockles of the heart on what was more like a winter then spring evening as both teams served up a feast of skilful hurling and

a delightful display of whole hearted - endeavour. Similar to when they met in the group stages six weeks ago there was very little between these two teams. On that occasion it was the combination side who came away with the spoils but roles were reversed when it matter most with silverware on the line. The team and scorers were: Anhony Nealon, Mark Doran, James O’ Riordan, Cathal Bulfin, Shane Irwin, Kevin Bulfin,Brian Finn, Niall O’Riordan (1-1), Anthony Punch (Capt.) (1-0), Graham Whelan (0-8, 7 frees) Ryan Glynn (0-1), Chris Browne (0-3),Eric Finn , Seán Finn (0-3). Subs. Mark Cronin, Thomas O ‘Donnell, Liam Buckley. A word of praise for the team management of Dan Moloney, Brian Finn and James Dempsey.

Our intermediate footballers defence of their south intermediate crown will go down to the wire. They continued on winning ways in the division with a merited 2-11 to 1-6 victory over Hospital in Knocklong last Wednesday. Graham Whelean was the provider of two cracking goals. They now face Croom in the decider, with the venue and date to be confirmed. They followed this win up with a draw against Feonagh Castemahon in the all county league on Saturday. The Moloney family were significant contributors to this result, with John tapping over two points, Paul in goals stopping a rasper and Aidan providing the equalising free at the death. Focus for the footballers now turns towards the county championship with the opening rounds pencilled in for the end of the month.

FIXTURES: The intermediate hurlers are due to entertain Monaleen at home in the all county league this Saturday with a 7pm throwin. The U21 hurlers will play Cappamore in the county semi final possibly this weekend and we would urge you to support the team if you can make the game. Please check the main fixtures list in this paper for confirmation.

BORD NA NOG: The U-12 hurlers started their campaign against Kilmallock last Thursday and had a fine win in very wet conditions. After a very tight first half, the Bruff lads scored a few crucial goals in the second period to end up 5-5 to 2-1 winners. Next up for the U-12 hurlers is a home game against Kildimo Thurs 25th. Throw in 6:45pm. The U-16 hurlers will start the defence of their U16 crown with a home game against Hospital Herbertstown on Monday 22nd.Throw in 6:45pm.

BON VOYAGE: Some coming some going. While it is great to see Dean Madden back from Oz all in the club would like to wish Sean Corbett who is bound for Canada and Tim O Sullivan who travels to the US as part of his college tenure, both well on their travels and hope that we see them back wearing the star in the near future.


LOTTO: No Jackpot Winner last week. This Weeks Jackpot is €1250 and the Draw will take place on Friday April 19 in Lynchs Bar Caherconlish. Tickets Just €1 and are on sale in the local pubs and the post office or from any Committee member. Club thanks all who support the lotto every week.

CHURCH GATE: Juvenile Club Annual Church gate collection takes place this coming weekend April 20-21 at all Masses in Caherline and Caherconlish. All Support greatly Appreciated.

U-16: Started their first 13 a side championship match last Thursday evening when Cois Laoi Gaels were the opponents. Very young and reduced panel this year to compete in this age group.

It is was a competitive game of hurling from start to finish with Caherline up at half time 1-2 to 0-4, Michael McInerney the goal scorer.

In the second half it was an even game with 15 minutes gone Cois Laoi Gaels were up 2-5 to 2-4 second caherline goal scored again by Michael McInerney after good build up play by David Moloney, Matthew O’Dea and Aaron Nelligan.

In the end Cois Laoi Gaels got the breaks around the square and put two more goals past us to get the win. Full time Score Cois Laoi Gaels 4-6 Caherline 2-4.

Good Performance by all the players on the night. This year’s U-16s Captain is Aaron Nelligan.

Team: David Begley , Kevin Rainsford , David Wixted , Aaron Nelligan , Jack Merrick , Daniel Murnane , John Rainsford, Michael McInerney, David Moloney, Matthew O’Dea, Daniel Heffernan, Evan Wright, Jack Enright, Jack Heelan. Scores: Michael McInerney 2-0 , Matthew O’Dea 0-3(1 free) Aaron Nelligan 0-1(Free)

U-12: Caherline U-12’s travelled to Rehbogue thursday evening to play St Patricks in Rd1 of the U-12 league. Well done to all the Caherline players who fought hard and never gave up but had to give way to a stronger St Patricks side on the night.

Team: Rory Walsh, Aoran McNamara, Diarmuid Murnane, Niall O’Connor, Darragh McNamara, Josh Moloney, Sean Erasmus, Jake Kennedy, James Halvey, Nicholas Tierney, Matt Hogan, Conor Enright, Jack Carroll

JUNIORS: Junior B: East League commenced on tuesday evening April 9 when Caherline Junior B’s made the short trip to boher to play Murroe Boher.In a Close game Murroe - Boher ran out winners by one point on a full time score of Murroe Boher 0-18 Caherline 3-8 Great performance by all Involved this evening, encouraging for the rest of the League and championship to follow.

Team: Val Murnane, Patrick Coffey, Seamus Murnane, Jason Lee, Mike Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Michael Murnane, Brian Kiely, David Casey, Peter Tiernan, Nick Madden, Eoin Nelligan, Billy Martin, Mike Mccarthy, Theo Butler. Subs Used Dale Ryan, Dean O’Connell, Denis Kennedy.


U-21 HURLING: Our U-21 team, Lough Nagarra, played Bruff in the South A final on Sunday last. After an excellent start by James Malone who scored 3 points from play in the opening quarter we went in at half time 1–10 to 1–8 behind. The diagonal wind had favoured Bruff in the first half and we had every chance at that stage, in the 2nd half our lads tried every bit as hard as they could to get back at Bruff, but each time we scored they replied with another score. The free taking of both freetakers was excellent on the day and I don’t believe either of them missed an opportunity with Eoin Farrell having a fantastic match in open play and he was the player fouled for most for the frees he converted. Lough Nagarra had a lot of 17 year olds on the field and these young players were brilliant in the way they performed at U-21 A level and I would like to thank them for being available as I know they have a busy minor schedule also at this time of year. These U-21 players have a great start made to their season and best of luck to the Croom players for the rest of the hurling season. The Crecora players on this team will be a great addition to our Junior hurling panel and they will of course be key hurlers with our minor setup. Lough Nagarra will have a rest now until the U21 football starts later in the year and I have no doubt that these players will be battling for honours in football also. We had many fine performances, in defense Colm Carey, Paudie Sheehan, Sean Vaughan and Aaron Cregan battled very hard and behind them Liam Quirke made some excellent saves, Kieran Larkin, Liam Carey and Cormac Flanagan tried all they could to get the scores that we needed but it was not to be on the day.

We lined out as follows: Liam Quirke, Paudi Sheehan, Aaron Cregan, Bobby Reidy, John Quirke, Sean Vaughan, Dom O’Connor, Kieran Larkin, Fergal Carey, Ryan O’Shea, Eoin O’Farrell, James Malone, Colm Carey, Aaron Burke, Liam Carey, Cormac Flanagan, Cian Kirby, Darra Skelly, Cathal Quirke, Andy O’Donoghue, Garbhan Sheehan & Liam Kennedy.

MINOR HURLING: Kilpeacon got their minor hurling championship off to positive start with a draw away to Cappamore on Friday the 12th. Despite the heavy underfoot conditions and non seasonal weather both sides produced a feast of great scores and the final score of 3-10 apiece was a fair outcome. First half scores by Craig MacNamara(3), Nicky Morrissey(3), M.O’Neill and a Liam Carey goal left us trailing by two at the break. We then dominated the third quarter when C.MacNamara added another goal. The score of the game came whem M.O’Neill offloaded to the oncoming L.Carey who goaled from 13m. At this stage it looked as if Kilpeacon had the upper hand but a late Cappamore comeback gave them them their reward. There were excellent performances throughout lead by Seán Fitzgerald, the Carey brothers, Nicky Morrissey, Tim Moloney and Craig MacNamara. Panel: Eoin Enright, Darragh Griffin,Seán Fitzgerald,David Butler,Evan Moloney,Colm Carey,Cormac Flanagan,Tim Moloney,Craig McNamara,Thomas Keogh,Liam Carey,Nicky Morrissey,Dean Fanning,Micheál O’Neill, Liam Quirke,Conor Griffin.

INTER-COUNTY: Best of luck to the county minors footballers and especially to our own clubman Cormac Flanagan.

U-14 FOOTBALL: The U-14 football championship will start in May and in preparation U-14 football training resumes on Sunday evenings at 6pm at Fedamore pitch. Crecora had a strong panel of football players last year at U-12 and U-13 and we are looking forward to joining with Fedamore in our newly amalgamated Kilpeacon team for a successful summer for our U-14 footballers this year.

U-12 HURLING: The U-12 Hurling team got their playing season off to a good start last Thursday night when we entertained Old Christians in the Hurling League. The heavy rain which fell prior to the game made the conditions very difficult for both sets of players but the game was played in a good spirit. Our lads put in a strong performance and had a convincing win. We have also entered the U12 football league and our first outing is this Thursday (April 18) at home to Monaleen and will have regular matches on Thursday nights alternating between Hurling and Football. Hurling away to St Pats on Thursday April 25.

DRAW: Congratulations to our April winners in the development draw - Jean Mulcair, Crecora And Jonathan & Evelyn Quinn, Crecora


INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL: Claughaun were in City Intermediate Campionship action on Saturday April 13 v Na Piarsaigh. In wet and windy conditions, Na Piarsaigh came out on top. the final score Claughaun 0-7, Na Piarsaigh 2-14.

MINOR HURLING: St. Michael’s (Claughaun-Old Christians) played their first round of the City East Minor Hurling Championship on Friday April 12 v Kildimo-Pallaskenry. A fantastic performance resulted in a well earned victory for St. Michael’s. The game finishing St. Michael’s 3-13 : Kildimo-Pallaskenry 2-12

BLITZ: There will be a course held for refereeing U-8 / U-10 blitz’s in the Pavillion in U.L. On Wednesday April 17 at 7pm. The course is for anybody from the age of 15 to adults that are willing to help referee at blitz games thst are held once a month. Anybody who may be interested please contact Mike Power

U-8 HURLING: A fantastic outing in Old Christian’son Friday April 12 for the U-8 hurling team. With 19 kids togged out we fielded two teams in the blitz with great performances all round from the young hoops. Well done to all involved

U-8 FOOTBALL: There will be an U-8 Football Blitz held on Friday April 19. It will take place in St. Patrick’s GAA at 6.30pm

GREAT LIMERICK RUN: There will be a meeting held in relation to stewarding for the Great Limerick Run in the Clarion Hotel this coming Monday the 15 at 7pm and again on Thursday April 18 in The Strand at 7pm (You need only go to one day or the other) Please contact Billy O’Sullivan 086 886 7508 to confirm your attendance for either day or to volunteer for the event.

LOTTO: This weeks jackpot of €6,300 wasn’t won. Numbers drawn are 1, 4, 16, 28. Next weeks jackpot is €6,400. You can play your numbers online at sign up for 52 draws, get 4 free. Or 26 draws and get 2 draws free.

CLUB GEAR: Claughaun have a range of O’Neill’s Training / Casual gear for sale. For details on price and orders, see

FEILE: Claughaun are hosting a team in this years Féile Na NGael Luimneach Competition on July 4-6. As a result, Claughaun are seeking volunteers who would be willing to accommodate players from the travelling club (Children aged 14 years). Any household who would be willing to help out, please contact the club secretary (087 996 4177). All support on this will be greatly appreciated.


COUNTY LEAGUE: Our second game in this competition, we faced Ahane in Cappagh on Saturday evening last. With pretty poor weather conditions - a strong breeze and misty rain, the referee was eager to get the game underway with light fading. It seemed to take both sets of teams a few minutes to get a measure on the greasy ball and surface, however with 7 minutes on the clock, the first score of the game was registered. A fine move, started on our own 21 was worked up the field brilliantly, before being slotted over the bar by Richard Lenihan. The lead was short lived, and Ahane had the scoreline level within 3 minutes. However, for the next 15 minutes, we enjoyed a period of dominance. We were winning ball in midfield, were sharp to the breaking ball and we turned this possession into scores. Paudie Ivess had us back in the lead after 13 minutes with a pointed free. This was followed a minute later by a well taken Blaine Collins point. After 20 minutes, Dave Lowe stretched the lead to 3 points and as halftime approached, Ian O’Gorman added another point to leave the scoreline reading 0-5 to 0-1 in favour of Cappagh/Kilcornan. The first half finished on this scoreline, but with it only being a 4 point lead, the same level of work-rate would be required for the second half.

Credit to Ahane, they began the second half with renewed vigor. They cut the gap to 3 points after 5 minutes, and by the 12th minute, the gap was down to 1 with the scoreline reading 0-5 to 0-4. If a few nerves were kicking in at this stage, they were somewhat eased in the 15th minute. A long ball was kicked into the full forward line and Anthony Cregan (a half time substitute) who, using all of his experience to ease the full back aside, gathered possession and slotted the ball over the bar. 0-6 to 0-4. In the following 5 minutes we had some superb chances to pull away, but with a few poor wides and a great save from the Ahane goalie to deny Kenneth Lenihan a green flag, the opposition were well in the game. As we entered the closing stages, our defense was put under some scrutiny but held firm. A break down the field and a shot from Tom Stokes put 3 points between the teams, and whilst Ahane had a lot of the ball for the last few minutes, again, some excellent defensive work kept them at bay.

The final whistle blew with the scoreline reading 0-7 to 0-4.

An encouraging performance as a whole. Whilst we played well in our first game v Galtee Gaels a fortnight ago, there was a distinct improvement in various areas of play in this game. There is still room for improvement but our passing was certainly more accurate, we had short spell in the 2nd half where there was some poor shooting but overall the scores were of high quality and the hunger and work rate of every player could not be faulted. Well done to all involved.

Team: Danny Coleman, Niall Lenihan, Tom McMahon, Richard O’Dea, Kevin O’Keeffe, Peter O’Dea, Dave McNamara, David Lowe (1), Ken O’Donoghue, Ian O’Gorman, Tom Stokes, Paudie Ivess, Blaine Collins, Richard Lenihan, Michael O’Connor. Subs: Eoin Duggan-McSweeney, Shane Madigan, Anthony Cregan, Mike Kelly, Kenneth Lenihan, Gary Madigan, John Baker

TRAINING: Training continues this Friday for U- 8’s, U-10s, U-12s and U-14s. We would encourage as many boys and girls as possible to attend as games will be starting in the coming weeks.

Registration will also take place - €10 per child and €20 for a family


JUNIORS: East Junior B Hurling League Round 1. Doon v Cappamore. It was a great, competitive contest considering it was the first of the season for both these Junior B teams in Cappamore last Tuesday night – 9th April. Cappamore fired ahead with a goal and a point within the first 2 minutes of the game, but rather than put their heads down Doon rallied immediately and put 5 points over on the trot - 2 from Shane McKenna, 1 from midfield’s Ger Crowe and 2 frees from Denis Barry. Thanks to some superb team work, Bobby Ryan hit the back of the net at 20 minutes followed immediately by two long-range points by Tom Murphy at centre back and again Ger Crowe. Having held our neighbours scoreless for 22 minutes we conceded a point from a free near the end of the first half, and played out the last five minutes excitingly demanding 3 quick-as-lightening goal-mouth saves from the Cappamore backs and goalkeeper. A good 5 point lead readied us for the second half but after securing just one point in the first 20 minutes of the half, Cappamore started to catch our lead with a goal & 2 points. Leading by just a single point, sub Shane Brennan pointed putting 2 between us. As points were exchanged in the last five minutes, it was Doon whose favour the final whistle landed on and by just one point we had the victory. Final score Doon 1-10 Cappamore 2-6. Great displays from the entire Doon team.

Team & scorers - John Murphy, Trevor Duggan, James Fox, James Nolan, Eddie Ryan, Tom Murphy (0-1), Derek Ryan, Ger Crowe (0-2), Padhric Ryan, Kevin Lenihan, James O’Brien, Denis Barry (0-3f), Bobby Ryan (1-0), Paddy Coleman, Shane McKenna (0-2). Subs – Shane Brennan (0-1) for James O’Brien and Cathal Maher (0-1) for Kevin Lenihan

MINOR: Our minors started the defence of their 2012 Premier County title in Doon last Friday evening (April 12) against strong opponents Na Piarsaigh. The half-time score saw Doon up by a point 1-6 to 0-8. We had led or drawn the entire game until the 20th minute of the second half, when Na Piarsaigh went ahead. A tough final ten minutes with a few exchanges of points, including vital frees from Darragh O’Donovan resulted in a Doon win – 1-13 to 0-15.

Team & scorers – Eoin McNamara, Jack Hayes, Richie English, Jack Cummins, Shane O’Connell, Stephen Ryan, Tommy Hayes (0-1), Fiachra O’Grady, Patrick Cummins (1-0), Pat Ryan, Darragh O’Donovan (0-9) (0-7f), David Landers (0-1), Dean Coleman (0-1), Cian McNamara, Barry Murphy (0-1). Subs – Brian McPartland for Fiachra O’Grady

FEILE: In order to raise funds for this year’s Féile, we are holding Cake Sales on Saturday & Sunday April 20-21 after all masses in The Pastoral Centre. All donations of confectionery would be would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Also, our Cash 4 Clobber campaign is ongoing, where we are collecting any unwanted clothes, bags, shoes etc. For collection bags or more information, please contact Rob O’Connell at (086) 6664252.

LOTTO: Lotto results from Monday April 8. Jackpot €8,400. Numbers drawn 2, 6, 8, 24. No winner. 7 match 3’s got €30 each – Deirdre, c/o John Byrne; Luke & Margaret, c/o Mgt Griffin; Sheila Holmes; Paddy O’Dwyer, Doon South; Josie McGrath, Clogher; Louisa Howard, c/o Assumption Terrace; The 3 Hounds, c/o Kelly’s Bar.

10 lucky dips got €20 each – Nicholas Cregan, c/o ESB; Mary Ryan, 26 Hillview Grove; Lizzy Hennessy, Doon; Dan Shanahan, Portnard Cappamore; Thomas Crowe, The Forts; Catherine O’Brien, Cooga; Tony & Margaret, c/o Mgt Griffin; Paddy Ryan (S), Cooga; Tim Crosse, Toem; Brendan Meehan, Murroe.

If you are unable to meet our regular ticket sellers, you can subscribe online to our Lotto for 6 or 12 months. Visit for further details.

MEMBERSHIP: Please contact registrar Patricia Collins to pay your membership. Fees are the same as last year - €20 for adults and €5 for under 18s.

TEXT: If you would like to receive match alerts for Doon GAA Club this year, please text your name and mobile number to (087) 9387755 and we will keep you informed on upcoming games and their dates, times & venues. And don’t forget for full details of all the club’s fixtures and match reports visit our website and Facebook page – Doon G.A.A.


LOTTO: Effin GAA Lotto: In association with Effin Bórd na nÓg and Effin Camogie Club: Results for April 9. Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn: 5, 11, 18, 20. Lucky dip winners of €25 each: Tommy Daly. Seller: The Harp Bar. Bríd Magner. Seller: Liam Magner. Mary Barry, Ballymac. Seller: Mary Barry.

Next week’s Jackpot : €1,700. Draw takes place in The Harp Bar on April 16 at 9.00p.m.

CARDIAC HEALTH SCREENING: Cardiac Heart screening will provisionally take place at the clubhouse on Sunday April 28. When done through the club this will be available at a reduced rate to all parishioners over the age of 12. All those who might be interested should contact Ger Power on 087-6276900 for further details.

TOMMY QUAID CUP: The 2013 Tommy Quaid Cup will be played in Effin GAA grounds on April 27. Provisional fixture at the moment is Limerick U-21 Hurlers versus Dublin. Further details later.

FITNESS BOOTCAMP: A fitness bootcamp is being held at the pitch every Tuesday eveningt. All fitness levels are catered for and for further information contact Ed Dooley on 086-1042446.

CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Eamonn Rea who has been chosen as the 2013 Limerick Person of the Year (Dublin) by the Limerick Supporters club in Dublin. A star of the 1973 All-Ireland

winning hurling team, Eamonn is a founder member of the Limerick GAA Supporters club in the capital and has been an active member of the Faughs Club for many years.

Eamonn was presented with his Chain of Office by the 2012 recipient Tom Moran on Friday evening April 12 at the Annual Dinner Dance in the Red Cow Moran Hotel.


TRAINING: Junior training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm. Minor training continues every Wednesday evening at 7pm. U-8, U-10, U-12 training every Saturday morning at 10am

GAMES: Junior football match this Thursday evening April 18 at 7pm in Fedamore Pitch, Fedamore v South Liberties

Junior hurling match Saturday April 20 at 7pm in Fedamore Pitch, Fedamore v Croagh/Kifinney

Minor football match Friday April 19 at 7pm in Kildimo, Kilpeacon v Kildimo/Pallaskenry

Well done to Kilpeacon who achieved a draw in a hard fought match against Cappamore last Friday evening on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-10. These are a great bunch of young men worth following, we would encourage you all to come out and support this amalgamation.


SENIORS: Fr Caseys 3-8 St. Kierans 2-4. Fr. Caseys Senior Footballers made the trip to Glin last Sunday evening to take on St. Kierans in the Semi-Final of the West Championship. After bridging a 13 year gap last year to capture the West title, Fr. Caseys were anxious to hold onto their crown but nothing would be easy against a St. Kierans outfit who surprised many with their hammering of county champions Drom/Broadford in the quarter-final stages.

Playing against the strong breeze it was St. Kierans who started the brightest kicking two points in the opening five minutes, the first from play and the second from a free. Timmy Gleeson registered Fr. Caseys first score when he guided the ball over the bar from 30 yards. St. Kierans restored their two point advantage but a brace of points from Billy Quirke, the first from a free, levelled the game for the first time. Just when it looked like Fr. Caseys were starting to dominate, St. Kierans dealt us two major blows in a five minute spell. Firstly their full forward rattled the Fr. Caseys net after a great overlapping movement and then their corner forward showed great composure to hold off his marker and place the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Trailing by six points, Fr. Caseys now had a mountain to climb but less than one minute after conceding a goal, Donagh Kelly collected the ball on the 20 yard line, rounded his man and blazed the ball to the back of the St. Kierans net giving the keeper no chance. Billy Quirke finished the first half scoring with a perfectly stroke 45 to leave two points between the teams. The half time score was Fr. Caseys 1-4, St. Kierans 2-3.

Trailing by two points and facing a gale force breeze in the second half, it would take a massive effort from Fr. Caseys in the second half to claim victory. After a very sloppy opening half in which we lacked composure, gave the ball away too easy and left ourselves be bullied off the ball, a totally reformed team emerged after the break. The half time introduction of Kevin O’Connor and Derry O’Connor and the reshuffle of our midfield and half forward line also made a major difference.

Suddenly Fr. Caseys began to dominate the middle third and an early point from Donagh Kelly reduced the margin to one. Next it was the turn of Billy Quirke to show his magic as his burst through the St. Kierans defence and rattled the net for Fr. Caseys second goal of the game. From the next attack Billy turned provider, feeding the ball to James Riordan who slotted the ball over the crossbar under pressure for 14 yards. Kevin O’Connor then kicked a wonderful point and suddenly the men from Abbeyfeale had a four point lead. St. Kierans were never going to give up the ghost and a pointed free put just one score between the sides. There were opportunities for St. Kierans to reduce the margin further but the Fr. Caseys defence stood firm. With five minutes remaining and with St. Kierans growing in confidence, Derry O’Connor stepped up to kick the insurance point against the strong breeze from over 30 yards. Having caused the St. Kierans defence problems all night, Billy Quirke capped off a brilliant performance when he blasted home his second goal of the night to bring his tally to 2-03. More importantly that score extended Fr. Caseys lead to seven points and it was the last score of the night. The final score was Fr. Caseys 3-08, St. Kierans 2-04.

After a very poor first half display we witnessed an amazing second half performance from the fealesiders. Every player on the field showed great heart and fought for every ball in very tough conditions. Padraig Browne and John Riordan in particular worked tirelessly against the breeze to bring the ball from defence into attack. Kevin O’Connor and Derry O’Connor also made massive contributions after their introduction and up front Donagh Kelly and Billy Quirke showed great composure to kick the vital scores. There are areas we can improve on in the coming weeks but the team should be extremely proud that they stood up and were counted when the tough questions were asked. Fr. Caseys now qualify for the West Final where they will play Ballysteen who comfortably defeated Sean Finns in the other semi-final. No date has been confirmed for this fixture.

INTER-COUNTY: Fr. Caseys GAA Club would like to wish the Limerick Minor Football Team the very best of luck this coming Saturday, April 20 when they take on Waterford in the Quarter Final of the Munster Championship. Fr. Caseys GAA Club has two representatives on the team namely John Murphy and Jack Breen. We are extremely proud of both individuals. The throw in time for the game is 2.30pm in Dungarvan.

CONGRATS: Fr. Caseys GAA Club would like to congratulate Thomas Collins and Therese Lenihan who got married last Friday. Thomas has been a member of our senior team for the past decade, has represented Limerick at various levels, previously captained our senior team and gave a man of the match display in the 2006 county final victory over St. Senans. We wish both Thomas and Therese all the best for the future.

CARDS: The final 41 Card Game of the season takes place this Friday night in the GAA Clubhouse, Abbeyfeale. We have been delighted with the attendances throughout the year and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support. This Friday night the card game will be held in aid of Fr Caseys GAA Club. We would appreciate a large attendance from all club supporters as we bid to raise funds for our adult football teams. Tickets for this game can be purchased from club players or at the door. Various spot prizes will also be raffled off on the night.

BORD NA NOG: Fr Caseys Bord na nÓg begin the seasons training last Sunday. The weather was very poor but never the less the turnout was absolutely brilliant. Firstly, a big thanks must go to all the young members who braved the elements and turned up to train with their respective age groups. Training next Sunday again at 10.30am for all ages from U-6 to U-12. If anyone has not registered yet, they can do so that morning. Best of luck to both our U-12 teams who begin their county league this Thursday. Our Fr Caseys “white” team are away to Cappagh/Kilcornan at 6.45pm, while Fr Caseys “Blue” team are home to Drom/Broadford, throw in 6.45pm, your support for both teams is appreciated.

U-10 BLITZ: On Saturday, Fr Casey’s U-10s took part in their first blitz of the season hosted by Gerald Griffin’s in Ballyhahill. The 24 player squad was split into 2 teams as follows: “Thunder” Cathal Harnett, Cian Harnett, Oisin Woulfe, Sarah O’Brien, Nathan Murphy, Dylan Murphy, Hazel Fitzgerald, Sean Healy, Diarmuid Buckley, Lily Reynolds, Jack O’Connell and Fionn O’Connell. “Lightning” : Caoimhe Riordan, Culann Quigley, Sam Quigley, Ronan Quirke, Caoumhe McGrath, Alanna McGrath, Kevin Lane, Mark Nolan, Maeve Finnerty, Scott McCarthy, Leah Donovan and Liam Broderick.

Team “Thunder” first played Feohanagh Castlemahon and got off to a great start with an early point – the first of two, from Cathal Harnett. They continued to dominate with points from Diarmuid Buckley, Fionn O’Connell and goals from Cian Harnett and Diarmuid. Feohanagh rallied with goals either side of half time but Fr Casey’s pulled ahead with the Murphy twins combining well to pull off a well deserved goal and confirm the win.Fr Casey’s team “Lightning” played their first game against the home side Gerald Griffins in the worst of the weather conditions with the players soaked through within minutes of the start. Gerald Griffins got an early goal but it was an even contest for the most part with strong performances on the Fr Casey side from Kevin Lane, the Quigley brothers, Caoimhe Riordan, Ronan Quirke, Caoimhe McGrath and Scott McCarthy.

In the end Gerald Griffins proved the stronger side in a close encounter.The weather conditions improved slightly Team “Lightning’s second match against a strong Feohanagh Castlemahon team. Sam Quigley scored a lovely point to get the team off to a positive start. Fr Casey’s continued to attack with Ronan Quirke, Kevin Lane and Sam unlucky not to score. Persistence paid off and Kevin Lane scored 2 goals coming up to half time. In the second half Feohanagh Castlemahon attacked strongly and scored a goal, but Fr Casey’s combined well with some slick interplay between Alanna McGrath, Mark Nolan, Meave Finnerty and Liam Broderick during the second half ensured that at the final whistle we ran out deserving winners.In their second game Fr Casey’s team Thunder took on Gerald Griffin’s and again played very well with some great passing from Oisin Woulfe, Hazel Fitzgerald, Sarah O’Brien, Cian Harnett and Jack O’Connell. Cathal Harnett and Diarmuid Buckley were on top in the middle of the field and set up several scores for the forwards. Sean Healy in goals made some fine saves, and Lily Reynolds rounded off the scoring with a great point to secure victory..

Thanks to Gerald Griffins for hosting the blitz and all the parents who travelled in support.


U-21: Our U-21’s are competing in the County Semi-final this Sunday evening at 7pm in Kilfinnane. Their opposition will be Glenroe. This promises to be an exciting match so come and support the lads.

LEAGUE: The first round of the All County League starts this Tuesday 23rd where we will be up against Ahane. This game takes place in Knocklong at 7pm. Please support.

U-16 HURLING: Our U-16 hurlers take on Cappamore in the All County League Championship on Wednesday 24th at 6:45pm. We have the advantage of playing at home so we would encourage everyone to show their support of the boys by attending.

Remember our club gear is still available from any member of the committee or by contacting Caroline on 087 8200463. For more information and to see pictures go to our club website or our facebook page

LOTTO: There was no winner in this weeks lotto. The numbers were 2, 10, 16, 22. The lucky dip winners are: Esther Ryan, John Houlihan, Mary Doyle, Peggy O’Donnell and Robert Creed. Next week’s lotto will take place in Tobin’s Bar, Glenbrohane where the jackpot will be €6,650.


U-15 FOOTBALL: South Liberties 4-16, Kilmallock 3-5. This talented team was hit by a jinx this week as we had six players unavailable due to injury which was unfortunate as we felt we had a genuine chance of causing an upset but it proved too much and South Liberties took the points. We wish our lads on the treatment table a speedy recovery.

Team: Sean Donagan, Liam Fitzgerald, Mikey Donegan, Andrew Finn, Cal McCarthy, Ben Quirke, Phelim O’Reilly, Josh Cahill, Ciaran O’Connor, Anthony Barrett (1-2), Jack Barry, Lorcan Casey, Gearoid Barry, Dylan Walsh (0-3), Danny Conway (2-0). Subs David O’Connor, Jason Enright

U-16 HURLING: Kilmallock 1-7, Na Piarsaigh 4-11. On a bitterly cold and wet Monday, Na Piarsaigh had too much for us on the night. It was literally a game of two halves with each side having a strong wind with them for a half. Na Piarsaigh to their credit were more clinical with their half and out scored us but we battled well in the second half to give us optimism for future.

Team: Jason Enright, Ruairi Conaghan, Tom O’Dwyer, Josh Cahill (1-0), Micheal Houlihan, Ciaran O’Connor, Alex Moloney, Paddy O’Loughlin (0-7), Cal McCarthy, Oisin O’Reilly, Anthony Barrett, Liam O’Gorman, Dylan Walsh, Fergal Chawke, Danny Conway. Subs Liam Fitzgerald, David Woulfe, Phelim O’Reilly, Jack Barry

TRAINING TIMES: U-6 Thursday at 6, U-8 Friday at 4:45, U-10 Thursday at 5, U-12 Tuesday at 4, U-14 Friday at 3:45, U-16 Wednesday at 5:25


LOTTO: There was no winner of last weeks lotto draw with was held in Quinlans Bar Cullen. Numbers drawn were 4, 12, 15, 27. Lucky Dips were Joe Dillon, Brian & Laura O’Connoll. Niall Boland, Mike Burke. Sellers Prize went to David O’Meara. Next weeks Jackpot stands at €6,100. Tickets can be bought from any committee member.


INTERCOUNTY: Best of luck to Sean O’Dea who plays with the Limerick minor footballers this Saturday April 20 in the Munster Quarter Final. The game takes place in Fraher Field, Dungarvan with 2.30pm throw-in.

U-12 HURLING: The U-12 hurlers played their first game of 2013 at home to Knockainey last Thursday evening and lost on a scoreline of 7-0 to 0-3. The team played well on the night and were unlucky to concede a number of goals in the game which made the margin of defeat look worse than the balance of play throughout the game. Jack Franklin was our star performer on the night scoring all three points. The team tried hard and with a little luck would have had a few goals of their own but for some near misses and good goal keeping from the Knockainey number one.

Panel: Dylan O’Sullivan, Josh Sheehan, Shannon McCarthy, John Egan, Shane Dwane, David O’Connell, Robbie Holmes, Darragh Curtin, David Curtin, Jack Franklin (0-03), Craig Hannon, Molly Horan, Keelan O’Dea.

U-10 FOOTBALL: The U-10’s travelled to Oola last Saturday morning for their first football blitz of the season. We played Oola in a number of small sided go-games giving every player getting loads of game time on the day. We had great turnout with 16 players in attendance. Thanks to all the parents and coaches who made the effort to attend.

Panel: Conaill McGuire, Sean O’Dwyer, Patrick O’Dea, David Curtin, Kephas Purcell, Keelan O’Dea, Sinead McCarthy, Oran O’Dea, Danielle Ryan, Ashlinn O’Dea, Leon Horan, Evan Horan, Evan McCarthy, Jake O’Riordan, Ella Ryan, Katie O’Meara.

GUMSHIELDS: Gum shields are compulsory for all juvenile players up to and including minor level. All players must wear gum shields in training and matches. Gum shields are available from the club for just €2.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for the 2013 season. Adults €30. Students / Unemployed / OAP’s €20. Juveniles €10. Payment can be made to any of the club officers or online at

LOTTO: Lotto Results for Monday 8th April: No winner, 5, 13, 27, 28. Lucky Dips: John Ryan, Brendan O’Keefe, Pete & Peg Cummins, Trish & Billy Kenny. Sellers prize: Noreen Ahern. Next week’s draw is worth €6300 in on Monday April 22, you can play online at or by purchasing from a local reseller.


AWARDS: The move of Eamonn Rea to full-forward was the reason we won the All-Ireland in ‘73”. That was what Eamonn Cregan told a capacity attendance at the Limerick GAA Supporters Club, Dublin annual dinner dance where the Effin native was presented with the Limerick Person of the Year award (Dublin) for 2013.

It was a gala night at the Moran Red Cow Hotel that had the attendance on its feet from the outset when Eamonn Rea with the Liam McCarthy cup aloft led in his colleagues from ‘73 - captain Eamonn Grimes and teammate Eamonn Cregan.

“But it is not just because of events of 40 years ago we honour Eamonn Rea” said Paul Stapleton, Chair of the Supporters Club. “Eamonn’s contribution to gaelic games didn’t stop in 1973. In the time since he has made a massive input not only to Limerick but to the GAA in Dublin at both club and county levels. Without Eamonn and John Keating there would be no Limerick Supporters club in Dublin and we thank him sincerely for all that he has done for the county.”

They came from far and near to honour the man who won 3 Dublin senior hurling league and championships with his club Faughs. His brother travelled Gerry travelled from London - a county he played with in direction opposition to his brother in the All-Ireland semi final of 40 years ago.

Stars from the present and recent past were also there to honour the man who won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with UCC - men like Tommy and Nicky Quaid and Mike O’Brien of Glenroe, birthplace of Eamonn Rea.

Current Effin Chairman Donal Kelly paid his tributes as did current Faughs club Chair and native of Glenroe Paddy O’Brien. Former Limerick and Dublin boss Michael O’Grady also graced the occasion.

SPECIAL: A special presentation was made to Eamonn Cregan to mark his induction to the Hall of Fame - a man described by Eamonn Grimes as the “the greatest hurler he ever saw”, high praise for a man who won 4 SHC with South Liberties as well as Hurler of the Year in 1973 who also received a presentation to mark that great day in 1973.

The County Board was well represented by Vice Chair Pat Heffernan and PRO Eamonn Phelan.

A very welcome visitor was Limerick Rose of Tralee nominee Chloe Heslin of the South Circular Road, Limerick.

Past recipients of the Person of the Year were also present - John Keating, Tom Lavery, Charlie Chawke and incumbent Tom Moran who presented the Chain of Office to Eamonn to a standing ovation.

There to celebrate his inauguration as the Limerick Person of the year were many members of the Rea family, his wife Mary, son Sean and daughter Lisa.

But the night belonged to the Parkgate Street publican who previously spent 22 years working for Galtee Foods in Mitchelstown. He paid fulsome tribute to his wife Mary without whose support he would not have been able to indulge his passion for gaelic games and while he was disappointed at Limerick’s failure to escape from Division 1B of the hurling league, he was thrilled with the progress of the football side. In a parting word, he urged Limerick fans not to lose hope ahead of this Summer’s championship clash with Tipperary. He reminded people of 1966 and other days when as underdogs Limerick tore the formbook to shreds.


SENIOR CLUB: JAHL result. Monaleen 3-4, Mungret 0-16.

Congratulations to all the Monaleen players involved with the Limerick County Football team who recently won promotion to division 3 of the National Football League.

STREET LEAGUES: We will be running Hurling street leagues for Senior/1st Classes and also for 2nd/3rd classes over five Sunday evening’s commencing April 28. This league is open to all children in these classes. Anyone interested in joining please give your name to your coach or send an email to to get a place on a team. Closing date for submitting names is Sunday, April 21.

FOOTBALL FEILE: On Sunday April 14 our footballers took to the pitch in the Feile County semi-final against Mungret in South Liberties GAA grounds. On an evening of high swirling winds and squalls of rain we took off to a great start and opened up a good lead, playing with a strong cross breeze. Soon we were 1-4 to 0-0 ahead. Mungret fought hard playing into the strong breeze. We added another goal and two points before losing our way a little. Mungret pushed us hard during this phase and reduced the deficit by 1-2 to leave a half time score of 2-6 to 1-2. We played into the wind in the second half and struggled to hold Mungret who fought back to within two points of us but great credit is due to all our players who defended aggressively and finally claimed another scramble goal to put some space between the teams. We finished stronger with a score of 3-6 to 2-4. Well done to all the boys and we look forward to the County Final in approximately two weeks against Newcastle West.

U-12 HURLING: Kildimo-Pallaskenry 3-6, Monaleen (Red)3-8. Monaleen got their U-12 league campaign underway with an exciting win over Kildimo-Pallaskenry at Kildimo’s well-appointed pitch. This was a very tight affair during which Monaleen built up a sizeable early only for Kildimo to coming roaring back in the game with a couple of goals. However the Monaleen team showing great grit and determination to resist this comeback and tacked on a couple of late points for a well-deserved two point victory.

Monaleen Team : Paul Ross , David McMahon, Daire Ryan, Eoin Twomey, Jason Aylward, Conor Deegan, Caolan Madden, Conor Coombs, Niall McGrath, Caolan Dignam, Morgan Connolly, James Flannery, John Toland, Evan Costelloe.

U-10 BLITZ: Our U-10 footballers took part in a county board blitz last week in St Patricks against the home club and Murroe-Boher. This group again showed that they have the potential to be a formidable team over the coming years if they continue to put in the time and effort required. Thanks to St Patricks for running a very successful event.

U-14 CAMOGIE: Patrickswell 5-0 Monaleen 1-0. We came up against a very strong Patrickswell team and fought a good battle keeping in touch until a few late scores put the game beyond reach. Monaleen took an early lead from a Claire Kelly free, but in truth were always hanging on as Patrickswell dominated most areas of the pitch. We defended gallantly throughout and in particular Aisling Kennedy in goals had an outstanding game. A great learning experience for the girls who continue to show great progress with every game. Next up Treaty Gaels. Panel: Aisling Kennedy, Anna Burke, Susan Fullen, Fiona Fitzpatrick, Aine Nelligan, Katie Golden, Shalini Kujur, Annie Russell, Ellen Magnier, Maeve Rea, Ruth Heavey, Taine Amodeo, Robyn McDonnell, Claire Kelly, Emma Donohoe, Kerry O Donoghue, Aine Doyle, Caitlin Bonfil, Keelin Corcoran, Sarah Costello.

LOTTO: April 11 Jackpot of €7,200 was not won. Numbers drawn were 3, 4, 19, 22. Quick Pick winners were Maurice Lenihan, Monaleen; Brendan Kenny c/o Hurlers; Mark Ryan, Parteen;

MONALEEN GAA GOLF SOCIETY: First outing of the year takes places this Saturday, April 20 with a visit to Dundrum GC. Timesheet is available in GAA clubhouse.


INTER-COUNTY: On Wednesdays last we hosted a Limerick V. Clare Challenge match. It was a wet match but a great show of skill for those who attended on the night. Limerick coming out the winners of a score 4-16 to 2-11. More photographs of this match are on the club facebook page

U-12 HURLING: Into their first match in the U-12 tournament. We headed to Na Piarsaigh on a damp night. Due to the wet weather the pitch was not in great condition. Na Piarsaigh were the first to score and try as they could our defenders had a tough battle keeping the Na Piarsaigh forwards at bay. Ethan O’Sullivan had some clean catches and great tackles. Adam O’Leary and Eoin Ryan in forwards were challenging hard and putting in some good ground work. The team really got together in the last 10 minutes of the game but unfortunately still had a loss at the end. Tha team on the night were; Ethan O’Sullivan, Tom Bolger, Oisin Dillon, Loughlann O’Keefe, Adam O’Leary, Shane Deignan, Ben O’Sullivan, Aodhan Herbert, Cian O’Connor, Eoin Ryan, Jack Moroney, Jake Connolly, Stephen Cotter Gleason, Peter Fahy, Seamus Hurley, Mark Shanahan, Darragh Ryan, Patrick Dwane.

U-11 HURLING: Our U-11s also took on Na Piarsaigh’s flag-bearers at this level last Thursday April 11. This was a tight match all the way but Mungret demonstrated more ability to convert chances throughout. Daragh O’Hagan had the ball in the net in the first minute, and we never looked back after that, leading 2-2 to 0-0 at half time. We faced the wind and the slope in the second half, but we managed to tack on a couple of points while keeping our opponents scoreless to get home 2-5 to 0-0.

10K: There is just under 6 weeks left to the 10k- have you been training? Don’t forget to register early only €20 for what has been a very well run and organised event. There is a great choice of Charities you can donate to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Enable Ireland , TLC4CF (Tipperary, Limerick Clare 4 Cystic Fibrosis), Rathfredagh Chesire Home and Mid-West Cancer Foundation all great charities that are connected to the club and all in need of fundraising, why not get a group of friends together and raise extra funds for your selected charity. The date to remember is May 19. Application forms are available in the club shop open Saturday morning 11.30am to 12.30pm or from the website Why not friend our facebook page

The Healthy Living Club Questionnaire is available on the club web site as well as through facebook - we need the input of all club members of all ages to ensure that the club is able to put in place a structure to meet the health and well being needs of our community. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete yet the results could lead to years of improved health and well being in the community.

CAMOGIE: Our U-14 camogie girls played home last Tues against Murroe. It was a very tough and physical game with murroe on top in the first half mungret came back at them in the second half;but it was murroe who were winners in the end.Well done to all the mungret girls who tired so hard to the end.

Our U-16s played there second league match of the season at home to Treaty Gaels on Saturday evening. With the wind to our backs we dominated the first half with some great attacking play and went in at half time 4-1 to 1-1 ahead. The second half was all about defending against the wind with our defense soaking huge pressure as Treaty Gaels launche