Limerick GAA Club Notes

All the GAA Club Notes that appeared in this week’s Limerick Leader.

All the GAA Club Notes that appeared in this week’s Limerick Leader.


AGM: The AGM will take place on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm. The AGM will be preceded by Mass. All members are requested to attend.

BORD NA NOG AGM: The AGM will take place on Monday 17th December at 8.30pm. All parents and mentors invited to attend.

MINOR HURLERS: On Sunday last before a huge crowd at the UL North Campus Ahane captured the City/East minor hurling championship by defeating our near neighbours Monaleen. This was a replay as the sides had drawn the first encounter. With most of the Castletroy Harty Cup panel on view all spectators were expecting a repeat of the first match and were treated to the same. Monaleen were first out of the blocks and scored a goal after four minutes. Ahane replied with a point from Killian Enright and then tagged on two points from John Fox. Ahane were on top now and played some outstanding hurling and scored a further three points, one point from Stephen Power and two more from John Fox. Monaleen replied with two points of their own. Ahane were now under pressure and were finding scores hard to get but a touch of class from John Fox scored Ahane’s second goal. Ahane then scored two more points from Killian Enright and Stephen Power. Ahane scored four points before half time from Mark Kennedy, Stephen Power (0-2), Killian Enright. Monaleen scored four also to leave the score at half time Ahane 2-9 Monaleen 1-7.

On resumption of the second half Ahane got the first score from Stephen Power. Monaleen replied with 1-3 of their own and were now getting to grips with the Ahane forwards with their half back line in total control. Ahane made some postional switches and they worked. It was now nip and tuck with neither team willing to give an inch. Monaleen piled on the pressure but with a string of top class saves from Adam O’Brien Ahane were still in this game. Monaleen brought the match to a one point lead for Ahane. Ahane goalkeeper had to retire injured and was replaced by Patrick Minihan. Ahane rallied and scored three points, one from Tom Morrissey and two from Stephen Power. Monaleen replied with one to leave a goal between the teams but the last point to seal victory was scored by Mark Kennedy to leave a final score line Ahane 2-17 Monaleen 2-13.

This was a brillant team effort and well done to all players and mentors on this victory. Ahane lined out as follows: Adam O’Brien; Evan Enright, Killian Carroll, Colm Carroll; Barry McGinty, Jeffery Enright, Paddy Morrissey; Paul O’Halloran, Sam McCarthy; Stephen Power, Mark Kennedy, Tom Morrissey; John Fox, Killian Enright, Ciaran O’Mara. Subs: Patrick Minihan, Shane Hackett, Aron Hackett, Michael Fox, Mark O’Halloran, David Kennedy

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MARKET: Soak up the festive spirit locally this year with an afternoon of local crafters, food producers, musicians, carol singing and Bringing Santa Sunday 16th December 12pm - 7pm in Ahane GAA Clubhouse. Featuring stalls 12pm-7pm, ACM Village Singers at 3pm, Nicole Sweeney Hip Hop Dancers at 4pm, Barber Shop Singers at 5.15pm. Help Santa to help the Homeless. You are invited to bring along unwanted adult size woolly hats, scarves, gloves and socks to give to Santa who will pass them on to “NOVAS” who help the homeless in Limerick.

WELL DONE: To Castletroy College who recently won the First Year County Football Final by beating a fancied Hazlewod College outfit on a score line of 4-7 to 3-7. Ahane GAA club were represented by Cathal Flannery, Conor Morrissey, Sean Feeney, Dion Lynch, Eric O’Neill. Also well done to Castletroy College on qualifying for the Harty Cup quarter final.

LOTTO: Development Lotto 2012. Results of the November Lotto Draw held at the clubhouse on Thursday, December 6. Numbers drawn: 6, 10, 12, 23. No Winner. Members draw results: 1st €200- Pat O’Connor, Tontines, Castleconnell; 2nd €150 - Sean Burke, Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry ; 3rd €120 - Dan Fanning, Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry; 5th €120 - Adrian Cunneen, Clyduff, Lisnagry; 5th€120 - Donal O’Sullivan, Gortnalahagh, Lisnagry; 6th €120 - Jim Richardson, Ardvarna, Ahane; 7th €120 - Noreen O’Riordan, Ardvarna, Ahane; 8th €120 - Jim Heaven, Meadowbrook, Castleconnell; 9th €120 - John McNamara, Dereen, Castleconnell; 10th €120 - Áine & Majella Reidy, Woodpark, Castleconnell. Monthly tickets can be purchased at the clubhouse, Newgarden or Shannon Stores, Castleconnell at €10 per month


ONLINE: You can now view all our notes, and pictures of Athea Coiste na nÓg on the Athea GAA website. Just go to and click on the “ Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information

FUNDRAISING CALENDAR: Our new 12 page calendar to help raise funds for the club, is on sale now at a cost of €5 each. It is jam packed with a wide variety of photos which were taking throughout the year. The calendar would make a lovely Christmas present for anyone living at home or abroad. The calendars are available to buy from any of the coaches and at Rose’s shop.

TABLE QUIZ: Our annual fundraising table quiz will take place at The Top of the Town on Thursday night the 27th of December at 9:30pm sharp. This is a great fun night out and there will be loads of spot prizes to be won, so keep this date in your diary free and join us on what promises to be a very enjoyable night


PRESENTATION: The Club Chairman Bernard Grene made a presentation to Tony Ryan on Sunday night last at Kirby’s in appreciation of his hard work and dedication, managing and maintaining our GAA grounds to an excellent standard over the past 2 years. His wife Eileen was also presented with a bouquet of flowers.

POKER CLASSIC: The club are holding a Monster Poker Classic at Kirby’s Lodge on Fri. Dec 14th at 8.30pm. All support welcome and appreciated. Tickets 100 euro, please contact Martin Scanlon on 086 0859022 or Bernard Grene on 086 3650638 for more details.

CLUB LOTTO: There was no Lotto Jackpot winner this week, numbers drawn were 1,22,26 & 27. Lucky Dip winners were Gus Ryan, Anthony Shanahan, J. O Gorman & Liam Liddy. The Jackpot is now 6,200 Euro and the next draw will take place on Sunday Dec. 16th in the Stroller at 8.00pm.


CLUB LOTTO: No Winner of last week’s jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 8, 10 and bonus number 16. Next week’s jackpot is €9,200 & tickets are available for €2 at all the usual locations.

CLUB NEWS: Ballybrown GAA Club would like to thank all involved in organising such a wonderful family night out at Limerick Greyhound Stadium where a large crowd from the Parish and beyond were in attendance. These nights can only be a financial success with the aid of sponsors and in these hard economic times ours were not found wanting, a big thank you all of them. Congratulations to Josephine Garvey on winning Best Dressed Lady while David Lyons and Paddy Hanley had to share the Best Dressed Man title, these prizes sponsored by Gretta Gibbs and Mike O Connell Menswear respectively. The evening continued in our own Clubhouse where Ronan Burke entertained us.

LOUNGE AND HALL: Just a reminder the Lounge and Hall are available for all your special occasions and can be booked by contacting Mike Byrnes on 0876196540.

CONGRATS: Congratulations once again to the Ballybrown PTAA on another wonderful production of the Parish Annual. Here you will find an up to date report on the happenings in the parish over the last twelve months and a few stories from yesteryear as well as many super photographs. This journal can be bought locally for just €10 and would make a great gift for any over sea relatives.

CHRISTMAS: It’s Santa time once again and he will arrive at the Club next Sunday 16th Dec at 3.00pm. On Sunday 23rd Dec there will be an in house pool competition open to all members. On Sunday 26th Dec we will hold a Novelty Football match at 3.00pm in aid of the Children’s Ark Unit, Limerick Regional Hospital. If you would like to take part or help out contact Mike Byrnes on 0876196540. This will be followed by music in the Lounge with a DJ and Murphys Law. Unfortunately mass for our deceased members could not be held at our AGM this year but will be re-arranged for early January.

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SPORTS CAPITAL GRANT FUNDING: The club is delighted to have been allocated funding of €120,000 from the sports capital grant programme 2012 towards the funding of our proposed new dressing room development. This injection of capital funding along with previously raised funds will put us in a strong position to begin the project in 2013. These badly needed facilities will require additional fundraising activities within the club to bring the project to its full fruition. We would encourage all members both on and off the field to get behind this project to put modern up to date facilities that we can all be proud of and will serve the future generation of the club.

TURKEY BOOSTER FUN RUN/WALK: Please remember our 10K/5k run-walk on St. Stephens day. Registration of €5 per person is 11.30am in the Daycare centre. This will be a great day out for all the family so please spread the word.

LOTTO: The lotto was held last Saturday night 08.12.12 in An Poc Fada for a jackpot of €1600. There was no winner. Numbers drawn 8,11,15,24 Lucky dips were Sabrina lonergan, Pat Coughlan, Sophia & Jean Fox, Martin Frewen Snr, PJ Moloney. Next draw in the premier bar on December 22.

YEARLY MEMBERS BONUS DRAW: The bonus draw for the yearly ticket holders was also held on the same night. Numbers drawn were 14,23,26,28 lucky dips were Mike Mansell, Joey & Mary Daly, Tom & Rita Sheehan, Kit McCarthy, George Howard.

CLUB AGM: The club AGM is confirmed for Friday night, January 4. Nomination papers will be sent to all members in the coming days.


LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s lotto. Numbers drawn were 6, 10, 19 and 27 . This week’s jackpot is €11,000. Last week’s prize winners were: €50 Martin Cusack, €20 each to John O Sullivan, Dylan Halpin, Mike Hurley, Marie Quane, Aoife Browne, Mike O Leary, Marion Whelean, Martin Tracey, & Crissie Bagnell. Thank you for your continued support of the club lotto.

U-21 COUNTY FINAL: The U-21 footballers continue to await their final opposition as last weekends semi final between St Patricks and Pallasgreen ended in a draw. The date for the final and venue are to be confirmed after this replay.


LOTTO: No Jackpot winner last week. This week’s Jackpot is €1100 and the draw will take place on Friday 14th December in Uncle Toms Bar, Lombardstown, 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.

AGM: Senior Club AGM will take place on Sunday, January 6, in the Millennium Centre at 6pm.


MUNSTER FINAL: Cappamore Junior Footballers took on the Junior Champions of Kerry in the Munster Club Football final in Mallow on Sunday last. A large crowd of 2,713 was in attendance for what was a double header of Munster Junior Hurling and Football finals. Kenmare were quickest out of the blocks and registered two scores in the opening minutes of the game. Both teams lined out with tactical formations adopting a sweeping player between half and full back lines. Cappamore settled into the game and had early points from Andy Murphy from play and a placed ball. Kenmare started to dominate in midfield and attacked with pace and runners off the ball to create scoring chances. Kenmare raced into a 0-9 to 0-2 with only 20 minutes on the clock and the signs seemed ominous for Cappamore. After a poor kick out from the Kenmare goalkeeper Cappamore were the quickest to react and found themselves one on one with the keeper, John Ryan finished the move into an empty net to narrow the gap. Scores from Tommy O’ Donoghue and Andy Murphy brought the deficit back to two points just before half time. Kenmare were rocked by the goal but their forwards were showing a scoring display to leave them five points ahead at half time. In the second half Kenmare were more wasteful in front of goal and they found a dogged Cappamore defence difficult to score against. Supply of ball to the Cappamore forwards was limited and our best chances were created from carrying the ball through passing movement up the field. Joseph O’Donnell and Andy Murphy scored from open play but the gap was maintained by Kenmare who were relentless in attack. Midway through the second half Andy Murphy fired the ball to the back of the Kenmare net to cut the deficit once again, however Kenmare maintained the advantage with some close range efforts. At the final whistle Kenmare ran out winners on a scoreline of 0-20 to 2-8. This was the closest Kenmare had been ran in any of their Munster championship rounds however this was little consolation to the men from the East. Cappamore can hold their heads high after putting in a good performance against an experienced and classy Kenmare side. If this level of performance can be transferred into next years Intermediate championship in Limerick then there is no reason this Cappamore side cannot challenge for honours.

The GAA club would like to congratulate the team and management on winning the county title and thank the team for giving the supporters entertainment on their Munster championship run. The team and squad lined out as follows, Brian Leahy, Seamus Humphreys, Paul Leahy, Denis Keating, Sean Sheehy, Diarmuid Sheehy, Brian Sheehy, Conor Sheehan, Colin Doherty, Declan Deere, Tommy O’Donoghue, Mark Treacy, Jack Campbell, John Ryan, Andy Murphy Subs - Neil Leahy, Eamonn Gleeson, Jack Walsh, Darragh McKenna, Joseph O’Donnell, Bobby O’Connell, Eoin O’Donoghue, Bill Creamer


BAG PACKING: The Claughaun GAA Christmas Bag Packing is coming up on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of December at Dunnes Stores, Childers Road. We’re looking for volunteers to give an hour or two (or three!) over the two days to help raise funds for our underage section going into a busy 2013 season. If you’re around for a while on either or both days, your help would be hugely appreciated. We’ll be onsite from 10am to 10pm both days, and if you’re available, please contact Andy Cunneen at 087-9032097 or leave a private message on our club Facebook page to arrange a spot on the roster.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Claughaun GAA in association with our Community Residents are proud to host a Christmas Party at the club on Saturday December 15th. We’ll have a Kiddies Disco from 3 p.m. with gifts and a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus! Tickets are €5, and places are limited so book as soon as possible. For Tickets/Info contact: Maria, 087-0852810, Teresa 086-0876089 or Jennifer 087-1311628. Hope to see you there!


SCOR NA NOG: Crecora success continues in Scor Na N’Og with their Irish Dancing & Quiz teams both taking Gold in the County Scor. The Crecora Irish Dancing 8-hand team and the Quiz team continued their winning ways when both teams took gold in the County Scor Na N-Og finals in Cappamore on Saturday night with emphatic victories in both cases.

The Irish dancing team were as follows: Caoimhe Sheehan, Amy O’Connor, Aishling Coughlan, Emer Mahon, Orla Byrnes, Olive Wixted, Emer Kennedy and Aoibhinn Leahy. The Quiz team were Cian Leahy, Cillian Burke & Neil Heffernan. Both teams will go on to represent Crecora and Limerick in the Munster Scor in January.


POKER CLASSIC: We had a fairly good turnout on Friday night for our Annual Poker Classic .Thanks to Hickeys Bar for ho sting the event and to those who sponsored some of the prizes.A special word of thanks to the organizers-we all know who they are- and finally to all the players who enjoyed a great nights poker. The winners were as follows: 1st Brendan O’Connor, Newtownshandrum; 2nd - Donie Daffy, Croom; 3rd - John Griffin, Manister; 4th - Eamonn Quirke, Carrigeen

U-21 FOOTBALL: This was a non-event as yet again we failed to field a team. This time only ten players turned up to play in a County Semi-Final. This was very disappointing both for the players who turned up and the selectors who tried their best to get 15 players to tog out despite having a panel of at least 25 to choose from.

LOTTO: Numbers drawn 2, 5, 23, 26. No jackpot winner. Lucky Dips - 50 euro: Helen Corkery c/o Hogan; 30 euro - Tony O’Connor Main St; 20 euro each - James Moloney, 23 Main St, Conor Lucey c/o Hickeys; Sean Hogan, Limerick Rd, Meanus; Thomas Lynch, Carrigeen; Rachel, Carol, Jane Hickey Bridge St; Kay McNamara, Toureen. Next week’s jackpot is 9300 euro. Draw is on in Hogans.


CALENDAR: Our 125th year commemorative calendar is now on sale. It can be purchased for €10 in the shops in Doon, from our Treasurer Trisha Murphy (086-8338898) or from any member of the committee. The calendar features photos from every generation of Doon teams down through the years and details all of our County Championship winning teams and inter county medal winners. We hope it will provide a great present within all the homes of Doon and beyond this Christmas. Thanks to our outgoing Chairman John R Walsh for all his hard work on the calendar.

LIMERICK DEVELOPMENT DRAW: Congratulations to Tim Whelan who won €500 in last week’s Limerick GAA Draw.

LOTTO RESULTS: Monday 3rd December 2012. Jackpot €4,800. Numbers drawn 4-11-26-28. No winner. 2 Match 3’s got €100 each - Thomas Maher, Templemore and Mike Sheehy, c/o Tom Murphy. 10 Lucky Dips got €20 each - Alan O’Brien, Doon; Sheila Allis, Hollyford; Martin Murphy,c/o Ann McPartland; Orlaigh O’Kelly, Gurtavalla; Kate O’Leary, Knockainey; Tony & Aine McGrath, Celbridge; Fox Family, Main Street; Tom Stokes, Clonlusk; D.G.P, c/o Whelans; Christopher Hanley, Cooga. If you are unable to meet our regular ticket sellers, why not subscribe online to our Lotto for 6 or 12 months. Visit for further details.

125 CELEBRATIONS: 2013 marks a special year for Doon GAA Club as we celebrate our 125th year. A specially dedicated committee are working on a number of events, tournaments, games and initiatives to take place through the year, including not just our own GAA community, but the extended community, neighbours and friends from near and far. We will kick-off this special year on New Year’s Day with a 5 mile Road Run/Walk. Registration will be open at the GAA Clubhouse from 12midday on New Year’s Day, with walkers heading off at 1pm and runners starting at 2pm. Taking in the townslands of Clonlusk, Gurtavalla, Kilmoylan and Cooga, it will be just what you need on New Year’s Day – some fresh air and a good community catch-up. We’re keeping the entry fee as minimal as possible so it’s just €10 to enter as a runner and €5 to walk the distance. The start and finish line will be at the GAA field and we will unveil our 125 flag on the same afternoon. To add a competitive edge, we will have prizes for the first few runners past the finish line. Keep an eye on our website for more details and for further events as they are confirmed in the coming months.

MEMBERSHIP: For anyone wishing to pay their 2013 membership, please contact our new registrar Patricia Collins. Fees are the same as last year - €20 for adults and €5 for under 18s.


CHRISTMAS DRINKS: The Limerick GAA Supporters club invites all Members and friends to a Christmas Drinks night at Eamon Rea’s Bar, Parkgate street on Friday night next, December 14, from 9pm. All are welcome to come along and enjoy.


41 CARD GAME: The weekly 41 card games continue every Friday night in the GAA Clubhouse Abbeyfeale. This is a great social gathering and we are always looking for new players. If you are interested in a good night’s entertainment, you are more than welcome to attend. The card games start at 9.00pm sharp. The following are the results from last week’s card game: Winners: Gerry Riordan, Connie Collins, Patsy Kelly; Runners-Up: Joe Murphy, Karen Murphy, Teresa Harnett; Table Prize: Nora Mary O’Sullivan, Mary Collins, James O’Connell; Door Prize: Teresa Harnett; Raffle Prize: Eamon Scannell, Maura Scannell, Ann Lenihan, Andy Keane

LIMERICK DEVELOPMENT DRAW: The final development draw of 2012 took place last Friday night in St. Patricks GAA Clubhouse, Limerick. Unfortunately our club had no winners in this month’s draw. A full list of winners can be seen on the Limerick GAA website, We would like to thank everyone that supported the draw over the course of the year. We would also like to thank Liam O’Connor would co-ordinated the draw this year.

WEBSITE: Check out our club website at for all the latest club news, fixtures, results and lots more. Our club website is updated daily and is well worth a visit. You can also follow us on Facebook at


U-21 FOOTBALL:Activities on the playing fields finally came to an end in the Gaelic Grounds last Friday night as a very impressive Sean Finns side were too strong for Ballinamona Gaels in the County U-21 semi-final. The Gaels were always playing catch up but were never able to come within striking distance of their talented opponents, final score 3-16 to 2-7.

SYMPATHIES: The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the Foley family, Oldtown on their recent loss.

COMMITTEE MEETING: As we head towards the end of 2012, plans are already being put in place for 2013, our first committee meeting will take place Thursday the 13th in the Clubhouse at 8.30, this is a very important meeting and all committee members are encouraged to attend.

CONGRATS: Well done to Declan Murphy who was recently announced as the new South Board Chairman.


WHITE COLLAR BOXING: We had a fantastic night of amateur boxing on Saturday December 8th at the South Court Hotel in Raheen. There were fifteen bouts in all on the night with Pallaskenry men boxing in seven of them: Eoin O’Brien, Brian Howard, Ian Gibbs, Adrian Guerin, Liam Loftus, Ian Mulcahy, Ciarán Ryan and Pallaskenry club chairman Emmett O’Brien. The event was very well organised and run by Limerick White Collar Boxing at the South Court Hotel having almost the same razzmatazz of a professional fight night. Also present were 1992 Olympic Gold Medallist, Michael Carruth, from the famous Drimnagh Boxing Club in Dublin, who acted as a second in the blue corner for the night, dispensing advice between rounds to the boxers, along with his two triplet brothers, Martin and William, who were involved in refereeing and judging. The Carruth brothers are no strangers to the GAA – Michael has been a sports therapist and masseur with the Westmeath Senior Football team and played club football with Robert Emmett’s and St. Kevin’s and has links with the Thomas Davis club in Dublin where William is a coach.

The support for the boxers on the night from Kildimo, Pallaskenry, Kilcornan and beyond was absolutely phenomenal – people from all walks of life in the parish were there and great credit is due to all for turning out in such force. Special thanks is due to all the boxers for their commitment and sacrifices over the past 8 to 10 weeks to attain the high level of fitness required – also deserving a mention is the disappointed Ollie O’Regan who completed the training but, due to injury and on Doctor’s advice, was unable to box on the night. Rumour has it that some of the lads are going to continue with boxing in the New Year.


MEDAL PRESENTATION: We held our medal presentation evening in the Teach on Wednesday last and the identity of our special guests were revealed as Limerick hurler Paudie O’Brien and Galway hurler Joe Canning entered to rapturous applause. Many thanks to John franklin who put in a lot of work got the lads to come, they were in no hurry and we can not praise them highly enough they were a credit to their clubs and counties. After the medal presentations, they posed for a huge amount of photos and had a word and an autograph for every child and adult. Joe Canning spoke of the need to enjoy playing above all else and Paudie praised the club for its efforts and forward thinking. Many thanks to the two lads and to all the parents and players who turned up to make it a memorable evening and to everyone who helped out on the night.

END OF YEAR PARTY: It was on to the Delta complex in Limerick on Saturday where we held our end of year party for all the children who played with us throughout the year. They were kept entertained by the excellent staff at the complex as they played soccer, golf and had a go on the trampoline. Food and drink was served after this and all the children went home happy and all ready for the coming year. Many thanks to all the staff of Delta and to anyone who helped.

JUVENILE AGM: Our AGM will be held on Friday, January 11th,as always we are looking for people to take up positions or just to help out in any way so come along on the night.

SENIOR MEDAL PRESENTATION: Senior club medal presentation will take place on Saturday 29th of December after the club AGM. There is music and finger food organised by the club for all players and supporters. Entry is free for the night and all are welcome.

SENIOR CLUB AGM: The senior club AGM has been rescheduled to Saturday 29th of December. All motions to be with club secretary on or before Friday 12st of December. Email

CLUB LOTTO: Lotto results for Monday 3rd December. Numbers drawn were 1 4 14 25, No Winner. Lucky dips go to John Quinlan, William Ryan, James Buckley, Miriam McCormack. Sellers prize Dan Quinn. Next week’s jackpot is €4,500. You can play online at or by purchasing from a local reseller, shop, or pub.”


LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s lotto draw witch was held in Ahern’s Bar Kilteely Number’s drawn were 1,4,14,25,Lucky Dip’s were John Quinlan.William Ryan (simon).James Buckley.Miriam Mc Cormack Seller’s Prize went to Dan Quinn.Next week’s Jackpot stand;s at €4,400 Ticket’s can be bought from any committee member

DOG NIGHT: Our club will hold a Development fund race night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Friday night December 21 First race 8pm Ticket’s €20 (incl admission

BUS: Those Interested in getting bus to Knockane G.A.A Dog night Please leave name & €5 depoit per person behind bar by Sunday December 16th or contact Tom O’Donnell at 087-74171223


SYMPATHIES: At the recent meeting of Lattin/Cullen GAA Club a vote of sympathy was passed to the O’Brien family Ballinard on the death of Mrs Josephine O Brien and the ODwyer family Carron on the death of Mrs Bridget O Dwyer RIP

U-16 DEVELOPMENT: Training was last Saturday in Bansha with a very poor attendance from Clubs. Katie O’Donoghue and Josephine attended from Lattin and is on again next Saturday with a break then for Christmas.

SCHOOLS MATCHES: St. Annes Junior team won their Munster Quarter Final with four from Lattin on the starting team - Lara O’Dwyer, Katie O’Donoghue, Emer Quirke and Ciara Cunningham. Well done girls and the best of luck in the semi-final.

AGM: Ladies AGM will be held Wednesday night with Board na nOG at 8pm in Lattin. Please come along and see all the work put in this year and maybe next year you could help out on or off the pitch as new members are always welcome and needed.


LADIES FOOTBALL: Last Wednesday night the Ladies Gaelic Football Club held their AGM in the Clubhouse. It was attended by a sizeable group eager to participate in the coming year’s activities within the club. The elected officers are as follows, President of the Ladies Football Club remains with Gemma O’Grady, Newly elected Chairman is Matt Fennell, Vice Chair Mick Timmons, Secretary Mary Murphy, Assistant Secretary Vera O’Meara, Treasurer Catherine O’Keeffe, Assistant Treasurer Catherine Murphy, PRO Kieran O’Keeffe, Registrar Aine O’Brien, Coaching Games and Development Officer Neil Dignam and Child Welfare Officer Trish Barry. The club would like to thank outgoing Chairman Neil Dignam for his incredible vision, energy and overall contribution to the club over the last four years and wish Matt Fennell best of luck in his new role as Chairman. Matt is a former Senior Footballer for Clare and comes from a great pedigree of GAA players. The Ladies Football Club will hold their annual Medal presentation on Sunday 16th of December in the clubhouse.

SCOR: Congrats to all who represented our club in Scor on the 8th December in Cappamore. We had two entries on the night who had progressed from the city final. Our solo singer Jenny Lynch, Aged 10 had everyone on the edge of their seat. Our Set Dancers, Nicole & Lauren Esson, Ugne Dumbrauskaite, Jenny Lynch, Emer O Dea, Sarah Fitzgibbon, Monica Sheehan & Katie Barry again who won the city finals used the floor to their advantage and gave the audience a fantastic performance. Unfortunatly both missed out on progressing but did both their club and school proud. Our Quiz team of Eoin Ryan, Shane Barry & Darragh Killian finished 3rd at the City final. Next year we will add a few more entries along with the ones already representing the club. Keep up the good work. A special thank you to Paula Dillon of St. Nessans who coached the children.

JUVENILE CLUB: The following officers were returned for 2013 at the AGM of the Juvenile club last Wednesday, December 5. Chairman Dermot Flahive, Secretary Donal Duff, treasurer Brendan Ryan, PRO Wanda Hayes. The AGM saw the three-year tenures of John Beatty and Mike Joy, as chairman and secretary respectively, come to an end. Both John and Mike have shown unflinching dedication and professionalism throughout the last three years. That the club is stronger now than it was three years ago is due in no small measure to their efforts, and on behalf of everyone in the club we would like to thank them for all they have done. Best wishes and thanks also to Clodagh O’Brien who is stepping back after putting in two years as PRO.

SENIOR CLUB: The following officers were returned at the senior club AGM held last Sunday 9 Dec. President Pa O’Brien, Vice President Ray O’Hagan, Chairman Kevin O’Hagan, secretary Maurice Walsh, Treasurer ANOther, PRO John Page, Registrar Geraldine Dee, Irish officer Denis McCarthy , Co board delegate Pa O’Brien, Football board delegate John Rice, City board delegate Donie Brown, Hurling rep Ramie Dowling, Football rep Adrian Hanley, Facilities rep John Furey. Thanks and best wishes to Ger Synnott who steps down after four years as Treasurer. That the club’s finances are as healthy as they are is in no small measure down to the work he has done, and we are all extremely grateful to him. Also, Tony McMahon steps down after a phenomenal twenty five year spell as club rep to the city board. Thanks to Tony for all his hard work.


U-21 FOOTBALL: Our U-21 footballlers campaign came to an end on Friday evening in Mick Neville Park when Newcastle West edged us out in a very tight affair. This was a ding dong battle which could have gone either way with the result in doubt right up to the final whistle. However it was NCW who prevailed on a scoreline of 0-9 to 1-4. Thanks to the full panel of players and management for their efforts who with a little bit of luck could be in next week’s final.

LOTTO: The lotto jackpot now stands at a cool €10700 following last Monday’s draw. The numbers drawn were 6, 21, 25, 32. The four lucky dip winners were Austin Hallahan, Bernie O Grady, Theresa Moloney and Rosie O Halloran. Sellers prize went to Peter Sheehan and door prize to Risteard O Flaherty.

DEVEOPMENT DRAW: Congratulations to the winners in the Limerick GAA Development Draw(Mackey Stand) on Friday. The winners were Brian Hourigan, Margaret Clifford and Noirin and Dan Lynch. The annual underage street leagues came to a conclusion on Saturday morning with a visit by the man himself Santa. A great day was had by all and a big thank you to all who made the event so successful.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS: The club Officers and committee would like to take this oppurtunity to wish all our sponsors,members,players and friends a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


U-21 FOOTBALL: The U-21 footballers are through to the County Premier final after their hard earned 0-9 to 1-4 semi-final win over Na Piarsaigh at Mick Neville Park on Friday evening last. They play St. Marys/Sean Finns Rathkeale in the final.

WEST SCHOOLS: Also going well are the West Schools football team with half a dozen from the club on board, who are into the Corn Ui Mhuiri quarter finals. However the West Schools Harty Cup team has exited the Premier 2ndlevel hurling competition.

THANKS: The club thanks all who supported the Juvenile Club-Coiste Na Nog- church gate collection on December 7th/ 8th. sub-committee that will appoint the various team managers is now in place and nominations for the various managerial positions from minor to senior are invited.

GENERAL NEWS: The 196 page, very interesting and informative Limerick GAA yearbook 2012 is now on sale, good value at €10. Super effort was made by St. Kieran’s and Cappamore on Sunday last in their respective Munster Junior finals, but unfortunately no victories. Support is appreciated for the annual ‘Race Day’ fundraiser at Limerick Racecourse on Friday December 28. Tickets are €60 each. Tickets for the draw being held in conjunction with the Race Day are €5 each with a book of 5 costing €20. This week’s club lotto draw for a jackpot of €3,400 and 5 lucky dips of €40 is at the Courtenay Lodge on Monday December 10th. The club thanks all who are supporting the draw.

CAMOGIE AWARDS: The annual Camogie Club awards Presentation night takes place at S.M.I on Sunday next December 16 at 6.30pm. 2012 has been a very successful year, with minors, U16s and U12s winning Co. ‘A’ titles, the U14s runners up in both ‘A’ league and championship, the U10A’s & B’s runners up and winners respectively in the annual Co Blitz, hosted for the second successive year by the club, the U8s unbeaten in various challenges and blitzes, and the seniors continuing to consolidate at ‘A’ level. In addition, many of our players represented Limerick at various levels, and a number of our coaches mentored with the county. All in all therefore, plenty of success and a lot of effort and commitment to celebrate at our awards night. Also at the awards night the winning tickets in our annual Xmas Draw-for which support is appreciated with tickets on sale €2 each or a book of three for €5-will be drawn. In the Munster Intermediate ‘C’ championship semi-final between the two NCW post primary schools-with many minors, U-16s and U-14s lining out - Desmond College defeated SMI 6-9 to 2-3 and qualified for the final. Trials/training are underway for Limerick seniors, minors and U16s-and some players and mentors from the club are involved. Best of luck to all.


LOTTO: Winning Numbers: 12, 13, 16, 24. No Winner. Match 3s: Margaret O`Dea (Oola), Jordan Hogan (Tipperary), Rita Riordan c/o Sheila Helen Ryan (Oola). Lucky Dip: Johnny O`Brien (Cullen), Ellie Bourke (Niker), Dolores and Kathleen (Oola), Kiara Kennedy (Ballylahif Oola). Promoters: Pauline Strappe and Dolores Cummins. Next Week’s Jackpot is €4,400.

AGM: The AGM will be held on Sunday, January 6


U-21 FOOTBALL: The U-21 footballers will have to do it all over again following their 2-9 to 3-6 game with St Patick’s at Knocklong last Friday night. Team: P Franklin, J Blackwell, D Hayes, M Gammell, L O’Dea, A Moloney, D Murnane, W O’Dwyer, Pat Roche (0-2), O Roche (0-3), A Daly, D Carroll (0-2), L Gammell, R O’Donnell, R Deere(1-2). Subs: E Gammell (1-0), T O’Mahoney, Philip Roche.

LOTTO: No winner in Monday night December 3 Lotto - 1, 9, 14, 22. Lucky Dip winners; James Buckley, Denis Lawton, Stokes Family (Reask), John Suckling. Tickets are €2 each and be obtained from any shop, public house, post office and John Harty Butcher shop.

AGM: The AGM of the club was postponed last Sunday evening as a mark of respect to the late Sean Lonergan of Cross

SYMPATHY: The club would like to extend its sympathies to the family relatives and friends of the late Sean Lonergan of Cross who went to his eternal reward last weekend. Ar dheis de go raibh an anam dilis


CELEBRATION: Patrickswell GAA club hosts a celebration for Oliver Mann at 10pm on this Sunday 16th December in the Cu Chulainn Bar on the evening of the County Convention. It’s a great honour for Oliver to be elected as Chairman of the County GAA Board and a proud moment for the club. Members and supporters are invited to attend this celebration at the Cu Chulainn to wish Oliver success in his new role. The Christmas raffle draw will also take place on the same night. Sellers are kindly asked to make a big push this week to clear their allocations.

DEVELOPMENT DRAW: In the final Limerick Development (Mackey) Draw of 2012, Joe Murphy scooped an early Christmas present of €250. Well done Joe! Thanks to everyone who subscribed this year and we hope you will continue to support the draw in 2013. Please remember that at least 50% of the proceeds are retained by the club for local use.

BAGPACKING: The club had a very successful bagpacking evening at Tesco in Dooradoyle last Friday night. Many thanks to all who helped out. Tesco have very kindly given permission to the club to host another bagpacking closer to Christmas on 16th December. A special word of thanks to Gloria O’Donnell for coordinating this venture.


40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: On Friday night, at the Carlton Castletroy Park Hote, we honoured our 1972 senior hurling team who won the county title. Hard to believe its forty years since that historic day at the Gaelic Grounds when we bridged an 82 year gap by bringing the title back to the club. It was the start of a special era in South Liberties history and we were very fortunate as a club that such a group of players came together and provided such wonderful memories, memorable matches and great days out for our parish. The team, selectors and backroom staff were provided with a meal on the night and were later joined by the present group of players and supporters, for a night of reminiscence and nostalgia with some wonderful stories told. A presentation of a 40th anniversary souvenir booklet was made to each member of the panel and was much appreciated by the men who brought honour and glory to our club. Also on the night the County Cup medals for 2011 were presented to the present players. The souvenir booklet is a quality production with many match reports and photographs, and can be purchased locally for anybody that may be interested. It would make an ideal Christmas present especially for exiles or former residents of the parish. A special thanks to the organising committee for all their hard work in making it a night to remember.

TABLE QUIZ: Thanks to all who supported the Festive Family Table Quiz last Sunday. We had 23 tables. Congratulations to the winners – the Leamy family. Thanks to Bord na nOg for organising the event, to John Cooney our quiz master and to all who gave spot prizes for the raffle.

SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Martin Sexton and family on the death of his mother Peg Sexton of Lissycasey in her 104th year. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.  


U-21 FOOTBALL: What a match our U-21 footballers had in the county U-21 football semi final it had everything but the right result for us. With three sending offs, a missed penalty and plenty of missed chances from both sides, for any side to win this game. But on a cold winter’s night both sides give it all, unfortunately into the first five minutes in the opening half three players were sent off following a small brawl that took place and only right. The game lived up to be of high standard of football. In the opening half we led by 0-4 to 0-3 with all our points coming from Craig McMarlow from frees, but just before the half time whistle a super goal from our half forward Keelan Stephenson put us four points ahead 1-4 to 0-4 with only thirteen players. The second half we owned the ball especially in the first fifteen minutes but could not put away the chances we had. We missed a penalty from a Craig McMarlow attempt, but in saying that it was a great save from the Pallasgreen goalkeeper. Following that penalty save, Pallasgreen got stronger and hit us for a goal to level the sides 1-4 each. Craig McMarlow but us back in front with another free 1-5 to 1-4 but from then on our very hard working 13 players felt the work load of their one man disadvantage and Pallasgreen took control of the game to hit us for one goal and three points without reply to put us 1-5 to 2-8 behind, but with five minutes left we got another penalty and when Jason Mullins hit the penalty he made sure of the resulting rebound and put it into the net following another great save from the Pallasgreen keeper. It put us back into the game with a goal behind. Craig McMarlow put us two points behind following another free kick but Pallasgreen put the gap back to three points from a close in free. With three points now between the sides and going into injury time we never gave up. A long range kick from our centre back Ian Storan fell to Padraig Reale and his great shot into the Pallasgreen net ensured another meeting with the East side Pallasgreen. Well done to all, it was a never say die effort from all who came out to Knocklong from the players Craig McMarlow, Ryan Meagher, Ian Storan, Padraig Reale, David Sheehan and the management and supporters. We now meet Pallasgreen in the replay on this Saturday evening at 8pm in Knocklong and if this replay is anything like the drawn game it would be worth coming out to Knocklong for. We lined out as follows: Ronan Power, David Sheehan, Andrew Kennedy, Ryan Meagher, Jamie Cross, Ian Storan, Jason Hughes, Dermott Fitzgerald, Padraig Reale, Craig McMarlow, Jason Mullins, Keelan Stephenson, Shane Halpin, Brendan Mullins and Michael Downey. Sub used: was Gavin Mullins for Michael Downey. Other panel members were Ryan Harris, Dean Jackson and Ger Bourke.

BEST WISHES: All at the club would like to wish our club secretary and PRO Eamonn Phelan the very best on this Sunday evening as Eamonn is contesting the position of County PRO at the Limerick GAA County convention at the Strand Hotel.

CHRISTMAS DRAW: The Club are holding their annual Christmas draw there will be many prizes on offer but the top prize is a Gents or Ladies watch. Cards can be got from any club committee member, club players and club members. Club members and supporters are asked to try and sell a card and if not purchase some tickets in aid our new field development. Many thanks to all you came out to help the club on their recent Dunne’s stores bag packing at Childers Road it was great to have all the bag packing slots filled and thanks must go to Peter Sheehan, Christopher Mortell, Paddy Quilligan and Kieran Dore for taking the responsibility of filling the two hours slots. What can we say about Dunnes Stores just a thank you and to the management and staff for their kindness and if any club member can support Dunnes Stores please do so. Many thanks to the Richmond RFC for using our clubhouse facilities last weekend for their Christmas party and their Christmas draw and once again that Man Santa made a welcome return to Rhebogue.

MONTH’S MIND: Mrs Kathleen Phelan mother of club secretary Eamonn Phelan Month’s Mind Mass will take place on this Saturday 15th December at 7pm in St. Bridget’ Church.