All the Limerick GAA Club Notes, as they appeared in this week’s print edition of the Limerick Leader.
AGM: The club’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday 29th November @ 8pm Venue: Absolute Hotel Boardroom, only members of our club may attend on the night. This year is the 18th AGM of the club. Any person looking to join our club can contact our secretary Owen Joyce 087-7586616, membership forms are now available for 2013.
UNDERAGE TRAINING: Our under 8s, under 10s and 12s boys training continue every Monday and Wednesday @ 6pm Venue: Kings Island Community all-weather pitch. Our junior team are starting back on Monday evenings @ 8pm Venue: Kings Island Community all-weather pitch. The new all-weather pitch in kings Island is added bonus to the club this year, its fantastic for our club to have use of such a great facility in our own parish. Its great to so much past members returning to the club and putting their shoulders to the wheel to bring our club back to strenght. Our finance committee are seeking advertisements for the clubs 2013 calendar, if you would like to sponsor the club please contact our treasurer Ken Crowe 087-2026023, the cost of an advertisement is €50.
20TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014 the club will celebrate its 20th year, this will be highlighted by several events, including a 20th anniversary banquet in the Absolute Hotel, where it is hoped that past and present members will meet. Tickets for this event will go on sale in 2013 as already there is an interest for this event, there is a limit of 120 tickets so first-come, first-served, more information will appear on our facebook page closer to the time.
MINOR HURLING: Congratulations to our Minor Hurlers who despite the inclement weather last Sunday ran out convincing winners over Na Fianna in the Premier Shield Final. Well done to all involved and we look forward to 2013.
DOG NIGHT: We held a very successful fund raiser at the dogs last Friday night and once again tt was a great social occasion. The winner of the Buster Race was Emer Lynch, Tuogh, Adare and there were many prizes won in the fundraising raffle. A special word of thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the night the success it was.
WEBSITE: Check out our club website at www.adaregaa.ie for all the latest club news, fixtures, results etc. We are also up on facebook.
CAMOGIE AWARDS:Our joint awards night with the ladies football club was held on Sunday in the Woodlands House Hotel. This was a night of celebration and it was great to see so many young ladies present. The clubs took the opportunity to hold a “Duck Race” draw. Unfortunately during the summer we were unable to hold the “Duck Race” on the river maigue due to high tides and flooding so a draw was made during the evening and the winners are as follows: 1st Prize – Ciara Leahy (3 months membership of woodlands leisure centre), 2nd Prize Stacey Tomlin (€100 cash – Mint, Wexford), 3rd Prize Margaret Caulfield (€100 voucher Adare Pharmacy), 4th Prize Alan Neville (€50 Cash – Billy & Dawn Quinn), 5th Prize Valerie Armstrong (Hamper – Centra Adare), 6th Prize Maria O’Shea (Voucher for Adventure Centre Killarney), 6th Prize David Clarke (Voucher for Adventure Centre Killarney). On the night all our very young players received sliotars from the camogie club while sports awards were presented to the older players – U16 Sports award – Catherine Fitzgerald, U14 Sports Award – Julieanne Grehan, U12 Sports Award – Lauren Ryan.
CALENDAR: Also on the night the Camogie club launched its 2013 Calendar which is on sale for €10. The club would like to thank all those involved on getting this to print and all the sponsors. It is a brilliant piece of work and would make a lovely Christmas gift. We would encourage all families to support this fundraiser. A big thank you as always must go to the Woodlands House Hotel and the Fitzgerald family for their kind sponsorship of this event.
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE DOGS: Buster 525 A1 Ra Sponsored by Bobby Sweeney Auto Towing. The winner of the €500 will be determined by the finishing order of the greyhounds in this race. As there was no winner of the €500 as the winning ticket was not purchased the committee decided that they would draw 5 tickets from everyone that purchased one and each of the 5 would recieve €100. On Thursday night last the draw took place and the winners are: David Troy, Newport Co Tipperary; Barry Woods, Clonlara, Co Clare; Ger Lee’s Newport, Co Tipperary; Mike Ryan, Annacotty, Co Limerick; Donal Madden, Bruff, Co Limerick. The Club would like to extend thanks to everyone who supported the race night and made it a huge success.
WELL DONE: Well done to students from our local primary schools who featured on the East Primary Schools Divisional Football Teams who played South Limerick in the UL last Friday but who were narrowly beaten in both matches. The following students played, from Lisnagry Primary School Aisling Herbert, Sinead Callinan, Ronan Reale, and Ronan Fox who captained the East Limerick Primary Schools team. From Ahane Primary School Sean Madden.
UNDERAGE TRAINING: Training for U-6s and U-8s will continue indoors this week in the Con Colbert Community Hall on Friday evening 23rd of November. U-6s will be on from 6pm to 7pm and U-8s will be from 7pm to 8pm. There is a €1 charge per child.
ONLINE: You can now view all our notes, fixtures, results and pictures of Athea Coiste na nÓg on the Athea GAA website. Just go to www.atheagaa.com and click on the “ Coiste Main Page” for all the latest news and information.
CALENDAR: This year the club are producing a new 12 page calendar to help raise funds for the club. We would like to say a Big Thank you to everyone that sponsored a page of the calendar. It will be jam packed with a wide variety of photos which were taking throughout the year. These will be on sale shortly at a cost of €5 each and would make a lovely Christmas present for anyone living at home or abroad.
CONGRATS: Congratulations to our local Councilor Bridget Teefy who will be receiving a Hall of Fame award following the East Board convention at the Millennium Centre in Caherconlish this coming Saturday Nov. 24th at 8.30 pm, all support welcome. Congrats also to the St Aibes minor footballers on retaining the County Minor Championship last weekend. They had a very impressive win over a good up and coming Monegea team in the final on the score line of 3-6 to 1-2. This is their Seventh A title in a row and well done to all concerned.
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: No Winner of last week’s jackpot. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 25, 29 and bonus number 1. Next week’s jackpot is €8,600 & tickets are available for €2 at all the usual locations.
SPONSORED CYCLE: On the 14th April 2012 over eighty people, many members of Ballybrown Gaa Club, took part in a sponsored cycle from Ballybunion to Ballybrown in honour of the late Ger Couglan. Proceeds of this momentous event would go to Milford Hospice and so on Saturday last the Coughlan family presented a cheque to Sr. Phylis, representing Milford Hospice, for a staggering €17,192.70. Even though he may have left us, Ger continues to help others and how proud he would have been of our Intermediate heroes after their wonderful year. In this depressing economic climate it is indeed great to see the generosity in people. The evening continued with some fantastic music by John and Murty and the large attendance enjoyed themselves no end. A big thank you to Michael, Declan and Greg for all their professional catering.
RACE NIGHT: On the 8th December members of our Club will descend on Limerick Greyhound track for the Ballybrown Gaa and Camogie Race night. There will be a courtesy bus to and from the track leaving the Club at 7.40pm. On return to the Clubhouse Ronan Burke will entertain our supporters to finish off what promises to be a great family evening. Tickets are on sale at the moment and if you do not meet our door to door sellers please contact the secretary Jimmy McNamara on 0877432548, Mike Byrnes on 0876196540 or any member of the Committee. Tickets are €20 each with Under 16’s free. If you would like to attend please purchase a ticket before hand
AGM: The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wed 12th December at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website or by contacting the secretary Jimmy McNamara on 0877432548. Just a reminder the Lounge and Hall are available for all your special occasions and can be booked by contacting Mike Byrnes on 0876196540.
AGM: The Ballysteen GAA AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd December at 7pm. Members are asked to email Secretary.Ballysteen.firstname.lastname@example.org for copy of AGM notice.The AGM pack will also be made available on email in due course. Please ring 0868392353 for copies if you dont use email.
LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s lotto. Numbers drawn were 9, 14, 15 and 23 . This weeks jackpot is €10,700. Last week’s prize winners were: €50 Mary Casey, €20 each to Olive & Patsy, Mary Summers, Bridie Mulqueen, Moss Geary, Jessica McNamara, Oscar & Juke, Shane Bulfin, Geraldine Smith and Carmel Houlihan. Thank you for your continued support of the club lotto.
JUNIOR HURLING: As the dust starts to settle on the juniors county success the draw for Munster has been made. The panel and management can now look forward to playing the Kerry representatives in the Munster quarter final with the winners to play the Clare champions at the semi final stage. The date and opposition for the quarter final are to be confirmed. The competition is run by the Killeedy club in west Limerick.
INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE: The curtain finally came down on the intermediate hurlers league campaign when they were defeated by Mungret in the county semi final in Balingarry last Sunday on a 1-12 to 3-14 scoreline. Thanks to the panel, kitman Paddy Mulcahy and the management of Declan Reale, Ger O Riordan and Gary Kirby for their efforts during the season. Panel last Sunday: S Bulfin, A O Sullivan, C McEniry, G Dempsey, S Irwin, C Madden, N Brosnan, B Finn, T O Sullivan, B Manton, P Dempsey, P O Leary, Shane Bulfin, M Weekes, C Bulfin & P Browne.
AGM: The club AGM is scheduled for Monday December 10th. All are welcome, particularly any new members who would like to join the club.
JACKPOT: No Jackpot winner last week. This week’s Jackpot is €4950 and the draw will take place on Friday 23rd November 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.
CALENDAR: Caherline Hurling Club 2013 Calendar now available for purchase cost of €5. There is a Limited print of the calendar and no reprints will be done.All Age groups for U6 to Intermediates are in the calendar.Contact Declan Long 0876568171 to place your order.
BENEFIT DANCE: Thanks to all who supported the benefit dance in aid of Brendan Hourigan and Nicole Hickey last friday night in the Millennium Centre. Big attendance on the night.
MUNSTER CHAMPIONSHIP: Our Junior footballers took on Borrisokane in Borrisokane on Sunday last in the 1st round of the Munster championship. Both sides found the going difficult with driving rain, wind and cold conditions. Cappamore opened the scoring through Andy Murphy & John Ryan while Borrisokane opened their account with a free from Philip Austin after missing an easier free beforehand. Cappamore were comfortable in defense making borrisokane shoot wide of the posts from awkward angles. After a speculative long delivery from Diarmuid Sheehy into the Borris goal mouth the ball was deflected to the back of the net by Bill Creamer. This gave Cappamore a healthy half time advantage on a scoreline of 1-4 to 3 points. Cappamore started the second half very well with Andy Murphy lethal from placed balls. Cappamore piled the pressure on the Borris defense and Colin Doherty found himself in a fortunate position 5 yards from goal to score Cappamore’s second goal. This gave the men from East Limerick a 9 point advantage for the last quarter and they never looked in danger of defeat. The backs defended very well and worked the ball from defense to attack with great efficiency. Borrisokane scored a few late points from placed balls but could not score a much required goal on a resolute Cappamore defense ably assisted by the midfield and half forward line. On the day day the main difference between the sides was how economical each team was with the ball in very difficult conditions. Cappamore were the better side to find team mates through foot & hand passes which eventually made the difference on the score board.
Cappamore lined out as follows, Brian Leahy, Seamus Humphreys, Paul Leahy, Denis Keating, Bobby O’ Connell, Diarmuid Sheehy, Brian Sheehy, Conor Sheehan, Colin Doherty, Declan Deere, Tommy O’ Donoghue, Bill Creamer, Eoin O’ Donoghue, John Ryan, Andy Murphy, Neil Leahy, Eamonn Gleeson, Jack Walsh, Darragh McKenna, Jack Campbell, Joseph O’ Donnell & Mark Treacy.
NEXT UP: Next up for Cappamore are the Clare champions Clarecastle, to be played in Cappamore on Saturday 24th November at 2pm. This is a provisional fixture that can be confirmed on www.munstergaa.ie, Limerick Leader sports section or local radio. Best of luck to the team & management for the next round. All support would be greatly appreciated by the team for this home fixture.
Claughaun GAA Club Notes
DOG NIGHT: Buster tickets are currently on sale for the Claughaun GAA Club Dog Night which takes place on Saturday week, December 1st at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. Priced at €10, they may be had from the clubhouse or from any of the committee. There will also be a prize for Best Dressed Lady on the night. We’ll be going door to door around the area selling tickets this Friday evening, and all help would be appreciated on the night; meeting at the club for 6.30 p.m. if you are available.
PIETA HOUSE: Claughaun GAA are delighted to take part in the ‘Mind Ur Buddy’ programme set up by Pieta House. The scheme is being piloted among GAA clubs here in Limerick, and aims to reduce incidences of suicide and self-harm, principally among young males. Each club will have a Designated Contact Person, who will be able to link a person in need up with the fantastic services offered by Pieta House Mid-West, which is based in Mungret. www.pieta.ie
LOTTO: The Claughaun GAA Club Lotto draw is available to play online through our club website. The jackpot is up to €4, 200.
RACE NIGHT: Anyone with cards for our race night on 1st December please return them as soon as possible .
LOTTO: Numbers drawn 10 18 29 30 .No jackpot winner. Lucky Dips -50 euro Siobhan O Kelly Carrigeen . 30 euro Tom English Croom .20 euro each- Eimear O Connor 20 Caemore Court. Aisling Hartnett c/o Plunketts.Mary Hynes c/o Pat Foley Crecora P.O. Iggy Mangan Croom .Nell Houlihan c/o Hogans .Bruno and Jerry Croom . Next weeks jackpot 9000 euro .Draw on in Hickeys .
FASHION SHOW: Fr Caseys GAA Club will host a fundraising fashion show on Sunday November 25th in the GAA Clubhouse Abbeyfeale in conjunction with Annette’s half-price sale. This promises to be a great event and we would love to see you there. The fashion show starts at 3:00pm with a mulled wine and mince pie reception on arrival. There will also be music entertainment after the event. Tickets for the event can be purchased in Annettes or by contacting any committee member. A host of Fr. Caseys senior footballers will also make their catwalk debut on the day which should hopefully add to the attraction.
U-21 FOOTBALL: Fr Caseys 2-3 St Kierans 0-8. Last Sunday in Tournafulla, Fr.Caseys faced St. Kierans in round four of the county championship. The predicament for both teams was simple, whoever lost would not make the knockout stages while the winners would give their championship hopes a lifeline. A tight game was expected between two very strong sides.
Tommy Smith opened the scoring, kicking a point from play early on. St. Kierans replied with a well taken long range free before Keith Harnett restored Fr. Caseys one point advantage. The greasy conditions were making life tough for both sides, scores were at a premium and both defences were coming out on top. St. Kierans kicked their first point from play midway through the half to level the proceedings once more. It was St. Kierans who finished the half the strongest kicking two points from play without reply in the closing ten minutes to lead by two points at the interval. The half time score was Fr. Caseys 0-02, St, Kierans 0-04. After a lack lustre first half display Fr. Caseys knew that if the second half performance did not improve then they would be out of the championship. John Lane rose to the challenge and rattled the St. Kierans net in the opening minutes of the second half to regain the lead for Fr. Caseys. It was the perfect response from the team and now the hope was that Fr. Caseys could finally start to stamp their authority. St. Kierans were not lying down however and they replied instantly with a point to level the scores once more. A point from Jack Breen restored the lead for Fr. Caseys but once more St. Kierans drew level. With ten minutes to go St. Kierans kicked their seventh point of the day and Fr. Caseys were now in arrears with time running out. Fr. Caseys marched forward in search of more scores but they were finding it increasingly difficult to breach the very tight St. Kierans defence. Eventually with only three minutes remaining the ball broke to Tommy O’Keefe on the edge of the square and he fisted the ball to the back of the net to send Fr. Caseys into a two point lead. It looked like we had stolen victory from the jaws of defeat but there were still more twists in this tale. St. Kierans were awarded with a penalty with just one minute remaining and if it was converted then Fr. Caseys championship dreams were over. It was left to the goalkeeper James O’Mara to perform the heroics and James did not disappoint, pulling off a great save to denied St. Kierans the winning score. There still was time for St. Kierans to add another point to the scoreboard but this only managed to reduce the deficit to one point. When the final whistle went Fr. Caseys knew they had got out of jail but the most important thing was that we live to fight another day. The full time score was Fr. Caseys 2-03, St. Kierans 0-08.
Fr. Caseys currently lie in fourth place in their group with one round of games to be played, two points adrift of Ballinamona Gaels, Oola and Na Piarsaigh. Only three teams qualify for the knockout stages but with Oola scheduled to face Na Piarsaigh, a victory for Fr. Caseys over bottom of the table Mungret could qualify them for a quarter final play-off spot. There will be anxious moments in the coming week but our championship hopes are still alive. The team needs to make improvements but they also deserve credit for their never say die attitude and hard fought victory last Sunday.
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 (12 games): Timmy Joe Fitzgerald, Toddo Scannell, Dan Reidy; Runners-Up: Fintan Quirke, Sheila Breen, Maureen Fitzgerald; Table Prize: James Keane, Mary Brennan, Andy Keane; Door Prize: Paddy Sheehan; Raffle Prize: Sean O’Connor, Pauleen O’Halloran, Mary Collins, Fintan Quike, Nora Mary O’Sullivan
DUCK RACE: On Sunday 9th December we will hold a duck race to raise funds for the club. Ducks are €5 each and can be bought from any member of the club. As this is our first venture we expect great interest and it would be advisable to get your duck early. Cards can got from local shops and pubs in Knocklong, Glenbrohane and Galbally as well as from players. For more information you can contact Donie Ryan and James Ryan. It promises to be “Some Quack”!!
SCRAP METAL: Our Scrap Metal Collection continues this month. The skip is located at Dooley’s garage where you can drop your metal. Collection can also be arranged by contacting any committee member.
OLD MATCHES: We are still looking for old recordings(video tapes and cassettes) of any Garryspillane matches. We hope to compile a dvd of these matches for our 60th anniversary. For more information contact Gearoid Power 087 9758854.
LOTTO: There was no winner in this week’s lotto. The numbers were: 8,9,17,18. The lucky dip winners are: Dave Walsh, Margaret Ryan, Pauline Hayes, Paddy Hayes and Lucy Tobin. Next week’s lotto will take place in The Hill Bar, Knocklong where the jackpot will be €54300.
THANKS: We would like to thank everyone that contributed to our church gate collection last weekend. Your support is much appreciated.
U-21 FOOTBALL: Naomh Brìd 1-5 Claughan 0-8. The U-21s played Claughan on Tuesday night last in the Gaelic Grounds on a wet evening leading to difficult playing conditions for both teams. We started well with a point from Denis O’Dea after 5 minutes. Sean O’Dea added a great point from wing back before Paudie Ahern added a third to put us three up after 15 minutes. After that Claughan got on top and scored 4 points without reply to lead by one at half time.
In the Second half, Naomh Brìd again started well with a great goal by Conor Green after excellent work by Cathal Finucane. Claughan then got 3 points to regain the lead. Darren Connery levelled the scores with a point with ten minutes to play. Claughan then had a goal chance saved brilliantly by Matthew Corbett who dived to his right to knock the ball over the crossbar. Paudie Ahern was then fouled running through the middle of the Claughan defence and Sean O’Dea levelled the scores with the resultant free. The lads play Shamrocks (Ballylanders and Galtee Gaels) on Friday night. The winner will qualify for the county quarter final.
Squad: Matthew Corbett, Padraic O’Keefe, Sean Browne, John Mitchell, Sean O’Dea, Paul Martin, Christy O’Dea, John Ahern, Paudie Ahern, Padraic Barron, Denis O’Dea, Conor Greene, Eamonn O’Dea, John Casey, Liam Carroll, Cathal Finucane, Phillip Gleeson, Darren Connery.
LOTTO: Results from Monday 12th November. Numbers drawn 2 3 19 25. No Winner. Luck Dip: Ken McKenna, Marie & Willie Nash, Tom Heelan, Ella Ryan. SELLER PRIZE Mike O’Connell. Next week’s jackpot is €4,200. You can play online at www.kdgaa.ie or by purchasing from a local reseller, shop, or pub.”
LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s lotto draw Number’s drawn were 2,3,19,25 Lucky Dip’s were Ken McKenna.Mary & Willie care of Nash’s. Thomas Hellan.Ella Ryan.Seller’s Prize went to Mike O’Connell.Next week’s Jackpot stand’s at €4,100 and will be held in Hanley’s Bar Kilteely 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. Tickets €20 (incl admisson and race card ). U-16s free and entry to Buster draw first Prize €1000 Tickets can be bought from any club member.
UPCOMING EVENTS: The Club would like to inform all our patrons, players and supporters of upcoming events. On Tuesday December 4th ,45 ‘ drive card night in Murroe. Tables of 6. Start time 8 pm sharp. This is the second card night and everyone is welcome.
On Friday December 7th,Family Fun Table Quiz night will be held in The Valley Inn, Murroe, start time 8pm, this will a family friendly club event and we would encourage all younger members & their families to attend, there will be finger food and plenty of spot prizes on the night.
On Saturday December 8 our team awards night will be held in The Valley Inn, presentations will take place to our County Senior Cup team, ast Senior Cup team and a special award to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Murroe County Junior champions team that won the Junior County title in 1987.
We hope to see you all in the first week in December. Spot Prizes can be handed in to any of the Club members and we thank you for your support.
LOTTO: Lotto 13,600 last week with no winner. Numbers were 9,12,15,18. Quick pick winners were M.O’Brien Monaleen Park, P.Flynn Ballysimon, P.Daly c/o Morrisons. S. Hackett c/o Ravens Hair Studio.
AGM: Senior Board AGM Tuesday 11th December @ 8pm. All motions and nominations to be lodged with club secretary by December 4th. email email@example.com
SUPPORT NEEDED: With the continued growth and success of the club at both senior and junior levels we are looking for people to play a more active role in the club. Are you interested in getting involved as a Manager/Selector for any adult team in the 2013 season? We are looking for people to act in any of the above capacity for teams from Minor to Senior; this is for Hurling and Football. This is your chance to get involved and help shape our progress going forward. We also seeking our adult players to get involved in coaching and development of our underage teams. If you think you can make a difference or just want to help out.....We Need You. Please Contact - Tom Crosse 087/2547717 or Pat Quinn 087/2401879
U-11 HURLING: The U-11s attended UL on Saturday, November 10, to play two matches against a very strong Douglas team. We had assistance from our U-10 players on the day to bulk our numbers. We showed great skill and determination on the day, and refused to give up even when things were going against us on the scoreboard. The Douglas coaches greatly admired the positive attitude of our players on the pitch we should keep that up. After the matches the children all went to the Pravilian for a bit to eat. We would like to thank the UL staff at both the pitches and the restaurant for all their help on the day. Also thanks to Ger Downes who assisted in getting the UL facility arranged and to the parents and coaches for their help on the day.Teams: Black Jerseys: Patrick Dwane, Tom Bolger, Jack Moroney, Peter Fahy, Stephen Cotter, Jake Connolly, Sean Fitzgibbon, Darragh Ryan, Darragh O Shea,Liam Lynch, Aidan Herbert, Eamonn Flahive, Dermot Moloney, Dylan Scanlan. White Jerseys: Conor Murtagh, Darragh Hernan, Lochlain O Keefe, Conor O Malley, Seamus Hurley, Shane Deignan, Ethan O Sullivan,Adam O Leary, Eoghan Ryan, Sean O Riordan, Oisin Dillon, Brian O Meara, Darragh O Hagan, Iarlaith Cosgrove. A reminder that training is on alternate Friday nights in Garryowen to keep our skills over the winter. This Friday 23rd is Football.
ST PAUL’S NS: There has been a great buzz in the school over the last few weeks with 3 of our football teams in finals. We started our finals on the Girls U13 team up against Milford National school. They seems evenly matched in the first half with both teams getting scores in. There was some great hand passes and blocking. Everyone on the pitch played 100%. The second half did not go our way and unfortunately we went under to Milford. Our goalie was kept busy and had quite a few fantastic saves. Well done to all the girls. Our Under 13 Girls Panel were; Jessica Okonkwo, Eirene Cantero, Klara Polikovia, Clare Murphy, AnnaMarie Rooney, Jasmine O’Flaherty, Emer O’Keeffe, Sarah Barry, Sarah O’Brien (Captain), Tiffany Uwatse, Aine Joyce, Aoife Morrissey, Augustina Daugirdait, Danielle Mc Grath, Zoe Mc Kenna, Ciara Reidy, Jordan Mc Sweeney, Rebecca Landers, Hannah Duggan, Fiona O’Brien, Samantha Roche, Elmie Mananga.
Next up to try their luck were the under 13 boys. For the second time in the competition they saw themselves up against St. Nessans National School. The previous encounter had gone the way of St Nessans, so the St pauls lads had a particular point to prove. It turned out to be a neck-and-neck affair, with the teams heading in all square at half time. It was St. Pauls who found the extra geat in the second half to pull ahead and to bring the U13 city cup back to the school for the first time, where they and the girls were greeted by a cheering guard of honour from the other students.
We noted last week that St Pauls Girls also qualified for the U11 final, which took place on 9th of November in UL. Further to the team listing that we ran in last weeks notes for the victorious St Nessans girls, the gallant runners up from St Pauls were; Katie Heelan, Aine Joyce, Aoife Morrissey, Emer O’Keeffe (Captain), Rachel Buckley, Nikolka Stevankova, Fiona O’Brien, Rebecca Gasanova, Laura Heagney, Rebecca Hackett, Megan Ryan, Emma Lillis, Robyn O’Connell, Jessica Okonkwo, Isobel Kavanagh, Nolan Ynnalei Lingat, Roisin Hawkins, Rebecca Landers, Rachael Wyse, Antoinette Kiely, Ciara Flahive, Samantha Roche, Tilly Gough, Emma O’Sullivan, Laura Madden, Kyra Mahoney, Zara Zebakne.
The U13 boys now had the opportunity to progress to the county stages of the competition, which took place on November 13 in in miserable conditions in UL. Our semi final against Newcastlewest had a delayed start, owing to the first semi between Lisnagry and Bruff going to extra time. The rain had subsided when we started our match. NCW got off to a flyer with an early goal. However our lads have played a lot of football this year and they did not panic. Wewere on level terms before long, and the match was nip and tuck formost of the remainder, until St Pauls put on the afterburners to pull ahead at the end, winning by a slightly flattering scoreline of 2-10 to 1-6. They basked in the glow of this fine victory for a long and luxurious fifteen minutes, after which they took to the field yet again for the final against Bruff. We dominated the first half, despite our opponents having a longer break between games, and were 2-3 ahead by half time. An early goal from Bruff in the second hald knocked us back, but we were dominant in too many positions to let our advantage slip, and we eventually pulled away to win well, and to take the county shield home for the first time. Our victorous U13 boys team are- Conor O’Malley, Ben Martin, Patrick Dwane, Seamus Hurley, Gearoid Hanrahan, Josh O’Rahilly, Cillian O’Malley, Ben O’Sullivan, Cian McDonagh, Cian Tuohy, Colm Quiligan, Darragh O’Shea, Eamonn Flahive, Liam Lynch, Cian Barry, Patrick Hassett, Stephen Cotter Gleason (Captain), Keith Mc Inerney, Evans Ezekannagh, Jonathan Doocey, Conor Galvin, Evan Barrett.
Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in football games and practice. A very special thanks to the school coaches- Ms. Niamh O’Dea, Ms. Jennifer Mortelli, Ms. Caroline Lawlor, Mr. Ruairí Walsh and Mr. Kieran Madden. Thank you also to the parents and supporters for getting behind this team so strongly.
INTERMEDIATE HURLING: Mungret St Pauls 3-14 Bruff 1-12. Mungret St Pauls had a good win over Bruff in the County Intermediate Hurling league semi final played at a wet Mick Neville Park Rathkeale last Sunday. We were on top throughout the game and showed some passages of excellent hurling despite the long lay off from action. Patrick Begley dominated at centre back while brother Brian notched 3 goals during the game. Others to play well were Colm Moriarty, Brendan Giltenane, John Malone and the evergreen Brian Tobin. Team: Dave Bulfin, Barry O’Grady, Niall Barron, Joe Moriarty, Tom Giltenane, Patrick Begley, Colm Moriarty, Brian Tobin, Ken Savage, Richie Burke, John Malone, Denis Giltenane, Brendan Giltinane, Brian Begley, Eoin O’Doherty. We play Pallasgreen in the final on a date to be arranged. Check with Club officers.
LOTTO: Winning Numbers: 4, 9, 12, 21. No Winner. Match 3s: Catherine Bourke (Oola), Sean Dalton (Monard), Dolores Cummins (Oola), Tom Cummins (Oola), Paddy Fenton (Oola). Lucky Dips: Liam Whelan (Oola), Kathy O`Donovan (Oola), Sheila O`Donnell (Monard). Promoters: Johnny Downey and Lorraine Ryan. Next Week’s Jackpot is €3,800
BINGO: Thanks to all who came along on Sunday last to support our monster bingo. €3,000 in prize money was given out on the day so we hope you were one of the lucky ones.
U-21 FOOTBALL: The postponed match between Oola and Na Piarsaigh will probably be played this week-end.
INTERMEDIATE HURLING: The Intermediate Hurlers had a fine win over Newcastle West in the League semi final at Kilmallock last Saturday afternoon winning by 2-18 to 1-7.
Team; T McMahon, S Hayes, T Franklin,P Roche, L O’Dea, L O’Dwyer, E Mulcahy, C McMahon, A Shanahan, J Barry, R O’Donnell, L McMahon, D McMahon, K Barry, O Roche.
In the Final they will play Mungret provisionally down for next weekend please see press for details
125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: Saturday night November 24th will see the highlight of the clubs 125 year anniversary celebrations. A special 125 Mass will be celebrated in Nicker Church at 6.30pm. This Mass will have all aspects of the club during its glorious past remembered in symbolic nature and in music, song and prayer. All are invited to this celebration which will be a very colourful occasion.
Following Mass at 8.00pm a night of nostalgia will take place in the Community Centre. You could say that the 2013 Gathering have come early as past and present players and members will be attendance. Old times on a big screen will be recorded. Captains of our County Championship winning teams will be recorded and also our All Ireland Championship winners. A special guest will entertain the audience before the main event gets underway. The event which has got the community talking, debating about for the past month is the announcement of the best Pallasgreen team in both Hurling and Football over the last Fifty Years. The Golden Jubilee Team 1962-2012 will be announced. All nominations will recorded on a big screen and the selected player for each position on the field. All winners will receive a special 125 cert. The main purpose for this event is the awareness and remembering our past teams and players. This is a night well worth attending in this club’s special year. Light refreshments and very interesting chat will be served. All are welcome.
LOTTO: One winner on Mon night Nov 12th Lotto Draw. Congratultions to Lorcan O’Dwyer. Numbers drawn were; 18.104.22.168. Lucky dip winners; Danny Beary, Kathleen Greene, Mairead Hourigan, Kathleen Ryan, Valerie O’Dwyer. Tickets are €2 each and be obtained from any shop, public house, post office and John Harty Butcher shop.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: The Christmas Raffle is fast approaching, with some great prizes for the winners. First prize is two nights B&B at the Vienna Woods Hotel in Cork with a dinner on one night. This prize is kindly sponsored by the Fitzgerald Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. Second prize is two premier seated tickets for the 2013 All-Ireland Hurling final at Croke Park. Third prize is a luxury Christmas Hamper with an extensive range of fine wines and festive produce. Tickets are €2 each or a booklet of three for €5. Club members are asked to make a significant effort to sell tickets. It is a major fundraiser for the club and a great way to win an early Christmas present for yourself or loved ones. The draw occurs on Tuesday 11th December at 10pm in Punch’s. This is after the Annual General Meeting and coincides with the announcement of Club Person of the Year 2012.
FACEBOOK: The club is planning to launch a Facebook page in the near future. Design and development are currently being managed by Shane Joyce of Crescent Comprehensive. We’ll provide further details in the coming weeks.
SENIOR HURLING: Our senior hurlers contested the East Cup final at Ahane on Sunday when we took on Murroe/Boher. It was a typical end of season affair with both sides agreeing to play a 13 a side game. Murroe/Boher raced into an early lead picking off some nice points with Liberties replying with three points from the stick of Damian Clifford. Murroe/Boher increased their lead when Sean Tobin failed to rise a close in free but struck the sliotar to the net from off the ground. Shortly before half time we reduced the defecit when Mike Keane deflected a long range free past the goalkeeper to leave the half time score Murroe/Boher 1 - 9 South Liberties 1 - 3. Another Sean Tobin goal shortly after the resumption made our task more difficult but our lads responded well with a succession of points and had reduced the lead to four points with 10 minutes remaining. However another Murroe/Boher goal effectively ended the game as a contest and they ran out winners on a 3 - 11 to 1 - 12 scoreline.
Team/Scorers - Paul Butler, Pat Carroll, Shane O Neill, Derek Lynch, Pat Hogan, Michael O Brien, Niall Shanahan 0-2, Tom Ryan 0-3 (0-2 frees), James Moynihan, William Hickey, Mike Keane 1-1, Mike Moynihan, Damian Clifford 0-6 (0-4 frees)
BAG PACKING: South Liberties GAA Club will be bag packing in Tesco, Roxboro on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November. Packers are badly needed to cover the tills on these days. Please let Brid Kennedy 087 6265331 know what time you will be available. We would appreciate if the local community come and support us as well.
U-16: Our U-16 s had a great treat last Friday evening when both hurlers and footballers were taken to UL where they enjoyed an hour playing ‘soccer’ This was followed by a medal presentation ceremony and a meal for the players and mentors in the Pavilion. Our 16s had a very successful season with the footballers reaching the County Semi Final and the hurlers getting to the Shield Final. Thanks to all players for their dedication and commitment to the team and to the management Albert Mc Sweeney, Cronan Garry, David O Neill for all the time and training they put into this team.
U-12: The club would like to offer its congratulations to six of its U-12 team who took part in the U-12 Munster Blitz which took place in Tipperary town on Sunday 18th November. The girls made up part of the winning team made up from different Limerick clubs. The teams had to play six grueling matches in freezing cold and driving rain but the weather ceased to matter when they emerged finally victorious over the three Tipperary and two Clare teams. It was amazing to see the fluidity of play between the team considering that they wouldn’t normally play together. These girls represented the future of the Limerick county team and from yesterdays display it looks very bright. St Ailbes girls were Katie Heelan (captain) Meabh Shanley, Dara McDermott, Ciara Ryan, Roisin Rowesome and Aisling Kennedy. Well done girls for ensuring the cup returned to Limerick for the second time in a row. Many thanks to all the mentors and coaches who worked tirelessly with the girls. Also many thanks to all the parents that supported the girls despite the inclement weather. Finally many thanks to the wonderful ladies who provided the hot tea,coffee and sandwiches throughout the day.
U-21 FOOTBALL: No date yet for our county under 21 football championship semi final but our panel are training away on Wednesday evenings. Manager Mark Phelan is very anxious to get his panel of players back on the field of play and is looking forward to getting the semi final date.
UNDERAGE: The clubs Christmas underage party will be taking place on Sunday, December 2, at the clubhouse when Santa will be arriving around 2pm all underage players are welcome to come along and enjoy the day. Our U-12 hurling continues every Saturday afternoon at 4pm in Delta Complex and for our U-14 hurlers every Monday evening at 7pm also up in the Delta Complex all young players are welcome to attend these sessions. Our younger players from 5,6,7,8 and 10s are up in the C.B.S. Hall in Sexton Street from 7pm to 8.30pm. Contact Christopher Mortell at 0868068245 for more information.
SYMPATHIES: The club was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Mrs Kathleen Phelan last week. Kathleen (Nee Collopy) was the mother of our very active club secretary and PRO Eamonn Phelan. Kathleen, as well being a great member and supporter of the club was a very active Camogie player and coach for St Patrick’s and the Garryowen community games teams. Kathleen came from a great hurling family - the Collopys - and with the great family tradition Kathleen was proud of her brothers Paddy, Tommy, Donal and Sister Theresa. Kathleen was also proud of her brothers who all wore the Green and white of St. Patrick’s GAA Club and was even more so proud like all the rest of the Collopy family when Paddy wore the famous green and white of Limerick.
In camogie Kathleen was part of St Patrick’s when they made an immediate impact and reached the pinnacle of success when they beat Ahane 2-0 to 1-0 in a thrilling County Senior Championship final at the Gaelic Grounds in 1947. The winning combination was drawn from the following panel: Sadie Fitzgerald, Maggie Cusack, Peggy Anslow, Bridget Ryan, Betty Walker, Bridget Ryan, Anne Ryan, Diane Williams, Irene O Keefe, Maureen Fitzgerald, Chris O Connell, Kathleen Collopy, Patsy Meehan, Maura O Brien, Phil Daly, Kathleen Madden, Eileen Egan, Bridie Egan, Josie Keyes, Kathleen Russell, Phila O Connell, Sadie and Phyllis Manning. St.Patrick’s continued their supremacy in 1948 when their victims in the County final were St.Munchins who were defeated by 4-2 to 2-2. In 1951 Ahane beat St.Patrick’s to win their 1st ever County Senior camogie title, and Saints were also beaten in the 1953 County decider, this time at the hands of Croagh who emerged victorious by 4-2 to 4-0. The Saints had some consolation in the early 50s as they won the City cup on numerous occasions. After that successful innings St Patrick’s were not so prominent in camogie circles until a great revival in underage ranks was initiated in the late 60s and early 70s with Anne Doyle (now Anne Slattery), Kathleen Phelan and Chris O Connell as the main organisers. St Patrick’s reached the County U-14 camogie final in 1970, when after an entertaining and thrilling encounter they succumbed to a well-drilled Ahane team on the score line of 3-01 to 2-00. In 1971 was a tremendous year for the St. Patrick’s camogie club. Ann Doyle (Slattery) won the award for the person who done most for the promotion of camogie in County Limerick, and the Clubs U-14 squad won the first County title for Saints since 1948 when they reversed the verdict of the previous year by beating Ahane 3-01 to 1-0 in a classic County final. The winning St Patrick’s team lined out as follows Dolores O Brien, Catherine Mulligan, Mary McInerney, Mary Walshe, Brid Manning, Margaret O Connor, Terry McDonald, Mary Clancy, Patsy Faul, Kathleen and Majella Lysaght, Mary O Connor, Jo Cross, Jackie Faul and Mary McNamara. In the 1971 County under 16 final Ahane proved too strong for St Patrick’s winning by 3-4 to 3-0 St. Patrick’s scored a notable double in 1972 when winning both the league and championship titles. In the championship decider they beat Ballybrown 3-1 to 2-0 while in the league final they ousted Effin by 4-0 to 3-0 Chris O Connell, Kathleen Phelan and Ann Doyle coached and trained St. Patrick’s to fashion a historic victory by a point 3-04 to 3-3 over Ahane in a memorable 1973 Limerick County U-16 camogie championship final. The winning team were Dolores O Brien, Marion Olsthorne, Jean McInerney, Catherine Mulligan, Brid Manning, Norma Phelan, Margaret O Connor, Mary Clancy, Mary McNamara, Joan Hannon, Mary O Connor, Patsy Faul, Mary Walshe, Jo Cross and Kathleen and Mejella Lysaght. Many thanks to JJ Kenneally, Paddy Quilligan, Vivian Cobbe, Vincent Phelan, Christopher Mortell, Ger Ryan, Sean Maher, Owen O Shaughnessy and Niall Phelan who did the guard of honour at Kathleen’s the removal. Kathleen was laid to rest in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery last Saturday. Ar dheis Dé go Raibh a anam dílis Caitlín.