Public meeting to discuss future of Limerick City GAA

A public meeting has been called to discuss the future of the GAA in the Corbally and St Mary’s parishes of Limerick City.

A public meeting has been called to discuss the future of the GAA in the Corbally and St Mary’s parishes of Limerick City.

The meeting takes place next Monday, November 12 at 8.00, in Scoil Ide school gymnasium.

The northside of Limerick City was once a very fruitful area for the GAA with the famed Treaty Sarsfields and the St Mary’s GAA club having a long and proud tradition in the lore of Limerick GAA.

However both clubs are unfortunately long since gone and just distant memories for a generation of players from the area.

The community is being serviced by Abbey Sarsfields GAA club, a club launched to provide an outlet for people for Gaelic Games in the in the early 1990’s but has lost some ground in the community and in the recent past has only a played a very limited number of ga

Speaking this Monday, Ger Downes Games Development Administrator for hurling in Limerick City with the Munster GAA council who has initiated this meeting spoke of the need for a reinvigoration of the GAA at this side of the City.

“The Corbally and St Mary’s parishes of Limerick City are two very large areas, stretching from Kings John castle to the Clare border and we in the GAA have been and are working very closely with the primary schools in this community and they are doing Trojan work promoting the GAA, however we feel the Gaelic Games needs another lift big lift in these areas,” said Downes.

He confirmed the attendance of several high profile GAA administrator’s from both the Munster GAA council and Limerick GAA.

“Yes members of the Munster Council will attend as will county board Chairperson Liam Lenihan. Their presence will bring huge experience to the process and will also show the people in the communities how serious we are about revitalising the GAA here,” explained Downes.

Limerick GAA development officers Eoin Ryan, Gavin O Mahony and Ger Downes provide weekly hurling coaching to close to 150 boys and girls in the St Mary’s and Scoil Ide primary schools.

mes in Limerick competitions.

“I make a very special appeal for people in the area to come out on this Monday to this meeting and to feel free to express their opinions on how we can move things forward for the development of hurling and Gaelic football in these communities,” said Downes.

“The GAA is the largest community based organisation in the Ireland, we want to rejuvenate the GAA in these communities and we are open to all positive suggestions and ideas from interested people willing to further the fortunes of our games for the young people of these communities”.

The public meeting to discuss the development of the GAA on the Northside of Limerick City will take place at 8pm on Monday November 12 at Scoil Ide school in Corbally and is open to all people from the areas with an interest in developing Gaelic Games into the future.

For further information, interested parties should contact Limerick GAA Development Administrator Ger Downes on 086-4026454 or make a submission to ger.downes.gda.limerick@gaa.ie