Limerick GAA Club Notes - February 16

All the news from around the Limerick GAA clubs. The notes appeared first in the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader, February 16

All the news from around the Limerick GAA clubs. The notes appeared first in the weekend edition of the Limerick Leader, February 16

BALLYBROWN

LOTTO: There was no winner of last week’s lotto draw. The numbers drawn were 12, 13, 17, 19 with a bonus number 15. Tickets are available for €2 at all the usual locations. Next week’s Jackpot stands at €10,800. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!

UNDERAGE: Juvenile Club Registration Night on Friday February 22 at 8pm in GAA Clubhouse

UNDERAGE TEAM MANAGERS: U-16: Gerry Griffin (Mgr), Anthony McGann, John Godfrey, Kevin O’Connell & Pat Davoren; U-15: Clive Adams (Mgr), Kevin O’Connell & Denis Healy; U-14: Pat Gavin (Mgr), Denis O’Neill, Denis Healy & Evan Loftus; U-13: Denis O’Neill (Mgr), Pat Gavin, Shane Adams; U-12: Terence Kenny (Mgr), Joe O’Connor, Dave Dooley & Ollie O’Connor; U-10: Ollie O’Connor (Mgr), Sean Kenny, Declan Coughlan & Mike Gavin; U-8: Paul McCarthy (Mgr), John O’Gorman & Brian Toomey; U-6: David Hannan (Mgr), Ed Shanahan, Philip Coughlan & Niall Doolan.

Meeting of Parents of Feile Hurling & Camogie teams scheduled for Thursday February 28 at 8pm in GAA clubhouse, followed by Juvenile Committee meeting at 9pm.

SENIOR MANAGEMENTS: Senior Team: Eamonn Kelly (Manager), Dave Mahedy (Trainer/Selector) & Shane Adams (Selector); Junior A: Clive Adams (Mgr), Ivan Conway & TBC; Junior B: Mike Mulqueen (Mgr), Séan Kenny & TBC; U-21’s : Evan Loftus (Mgr), David Lyons & Alan Connor; Minor: Patrick Hartigan (Mgr), Ed Shanahan & Leo Griffin.

MEMBERSHIP: Members are reminded that annual membership is now due and must be paid if you wish to continue to enjoy all that Ballybrown GAA Club has to offer. You can now follow Ballybrown GAA Club, and keep up to date with results and fixtures on www.ballybrown.limerick.gaa.ie.

DRAW: It’s that time of year again when we review our membership for the Mackey Stand Draw.
This is a hugely important source of income for the club as 50% of the €100 comes directly back to the club. If you think you may be able to help your club retain its existing numbers or possibly increase them please, contact Michael Byrnes (Draw Co-ordinator) 087-6196540 or any member of our hardworking committee. Membership to this draw is €100 for 10 draws, March - December.
Direct Debit of €10 per month can be set up.

SYMPATHY: The Club wishes to extend deepest condolences to the families of :- Kornelia Power (Nee Neumeister) - Adare, Helen Griffin, Ennis & Helen Gleeson, Doonbeg.

BRUFF

LOTTO: There was no winner of last weeks lotto. Lucky dip winners were €50 Michelle Coughlan €20 each Conor Shanahan, Tommy Bulfin, “Rex” McNamara, Cian/Saragh/ Kevin/Katy/ Gearoid, John Walsh, Gillian Stubbins, Tony Dillon, Kathleen Elmaragh & Daragh Glynn. The Lotto Jackpot was not won and next week’s Jackpot is a Fantastic €11,800! Thank you for your continued support.

JUNIOR HURLING: The junior hurlers had a facile 6-16 to 1-2 win over Austin Stacks in Sean Finns Rathkeale last Sunday, in the Munster quarter final. In cold blustery conditions and playing into a strong wind Bruff flew out of the blocks posting 2-1 in the opening 10 minutes, our goals coming from Albert Shanahan and Eric Finn. Austin Stacks soon got a goal of their own back and it looked as if the Kerry champions would make this encounter a tough battle. Bruff however moved through the gears and using the ball well added some good points from play, the highlight a Pat Dempsey score from way out on the right wing. A third goal before half time again from the industrious Eric Finn saw us lead at halftime, 3-06 to 1-02. Aided by the breeze in the second half, it was one way traffic as Bruff constantly kept the scoreboard ticking over. During the half Tom Raleigh emptied the bench, but this in no way upset the teams momentum, as they continued to add on scores. Indeed Declan Hayes, who entered the fray mid way through the half dispatched two excellent goals to seal the victory, with Timmy O Sullivan also raising a green flag. Bruff now go forward to meet Clare champions Tubber, possibly this Saturday with the venue and throw-in time to be confirmed. Please check with any committee member, the club facebook page or website for confirmation and please support the team. In spite of the win Tom Raleigh will know that much improvement is required if his charges are to overcome the Clare representatives. Panel last Sunday: J Browne; M O Shea, D Reale, M Hehir; A O Shea, M Weekes, A Moloney; I Hogan, T O Sullivan; P Dempsey, R Hourigan, JA Moran; E Finn, A Shanahan, C Bulfin; R Mulqueen, F O Dwyer, G Dempsey, D Hayes, J Mulqueen & T Clancy.

CONGRATS: Congratulations to our skilful hurler Jason Hayes on his graduation as one of the Top Army Recruits in his class. Jason is obviously a sharp shooter both on and off the field! Well done also to Bobby O Brien who picked up the man of the match award in Limericks win over Offaly in the national football league last Sunday.

DRAW: The Club are presently mustering support for the monthly Limerick GAA Development Draw. The top monthly prize is €15,000 with a large numbers of other prizes. There are ten monthly draws starting in March and the fee is €10 per month. This is a major fundraiser for the Club and your support is much appreciated. Please contact any committee member for details.

SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Paddy Mulqueen of Meanus. Paddy was a stalwart on the Bruff Minor Hurling Team that won the county title in 1941. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

CAHERLINE

LOTTO: No jackpot winner last week. This weeks jackpot is €1550 and the draw will take place on Friday February 15 in the Mulcahys bar Caherconlish. Tickets just €1 and are on sale in the local pubs and the post office or from any committee member.

MEMBERSHIP: Club membership for the year is as follows: juvenile membership is €10, adult membership is €25. We would ask all members and players to pay this as soon as possible.

TRAINING: U-12s training resumes Tuesday February 19 6pm to 7pm. U-10s training continues every Monday from 6pm to 7pm. U-8s hurling training continues every Friday 6pm to 7pm up to Friday February 22. They will then take a few weeks break on March 1. The U-6s return to the millennium centre 6pm to 7pm.

Pre-Season fitness circuit training. Format 8pm every Wednesday - this will continue until March 6 for club players aged 13 to 18 years old. David Balfry will be taking the sessions.

All training takes place in the Millennium Centre is €2 per training session, only while training takes place in the Millennium Centre.

All players from U-18s down are required to fill out a registration form. These will be available at all training sessions.

DRAW: Limerick GAA club draw 2013 - 10 great monthly draws takes place from March to December. First draw on Friday March 1. Top Prize of €15,000. For anyone who wants to join it is €100 for the year or you can pay €10 a month.

The xlub did very well last year from the draw with prize money of over €11,700 won.

Mike Kennedy is the club organiser of the draw and Mike can be contact on 0879581606 for all the Details on joining or you can contact any committee member for information.

SCOR: Caherline GAA Club are seeking members (17years +) to compete in the Senior Scor competition. This competition is open to novelty acts, singers, ballad groups, recitation, musicians and dancers.

Also there is an opportunity for a Caherline GAA member (secondary school student) to receive a scholarship to a Munster based Gaeltacht College. Applications for this should be no later than the February 28. Contact Sandra Heelan for further details @ 0876958207.or sandraheelan@gmail.com

PROTECTION: Child Protection Awareness Workshops for March. Anyone involved with U-18s is encourgaed to take part in the Workshops. The dates are as follows: March 13 7pm to 10pm Ahane GAA Club, March 20 7pm to 10pm Newcastlewest GAA Club, March 22 7pm to 10pm Mungret GAA Club, March 26 7pm to 10pm Bruff GAA Club.

The Workshops are recognised by the Irish Sports Club and are given by GAA Tuturs. To Book a place contact Gerry McNamara Childrens Officer Limerick GAA on 085 1901900 gerry.mc@live.ie

CAPPAMORE

DANCE: Preparation are drawing to a close for the Club annual dinner dance this coming Friday February 15 in Hayes Function Room at 7pm. Dinner commences at 7.30 pm sharp. The Club is looking forward to great night with Music by cuisle and DJ Dan. After dinner entrance is only a €5 so come along and join the club in celebrating another successful Year, Guest Speaker to share his wisdom on the Night will be Stephan Lavin and he will also present medals to the victories Teams of 2012. Players of Year awards will also be given out at all levels on the night, Intermediate Hurling , Junior Hurling, U-21 Hurling & Minor Hurling, Jnr Football, U-21 Football and Minor Football

U-21 HURLING: With the east Championship fast approaching, the U-21 Hurlers had their first outing at the weekend. In a spectacular new pitch at UL, they finish 1pount down to Wolfe Tones of Clare, Final Score Cappamore 5-8 Wolfe Tones 3-15.

CAMOGIE: Well done to Clare Keating & Muireann Creamer who represented Limerick in the Munster Minor Championship on Saturday last, although going down on a score line of 1-11 to 1-6 to Cork, The team were overall unlucky not to advance, the All Ireland minor competition occurs in a few weeks time.

GUM SHIELDS: Please note that Gum shields are now compulsory for all underage footballers up to and including Minors. The new rule will be strictly enforced in all training sessions and matches.

CHAMPIONSHIP: The draw for 2013 intermediate Football Championship occurred last week, the club were drawn in Group 1 and will begin the campaign against Bruff in last april or early may. Here hopes for a long year. In Group (1) we have Gerald Griffin’s, Hospital-Herbertown, Bruff, Cappamore, Na Piarsaigh and Oola. 
In Group (2) we have St Mary’s Sean Finns, Athea, St. Senan’s, Claughaun, Mungret and Croom. 

DRAW: Draw will commence in March, with great prizes, please support the draw.

It is a vital source of funding for Limerick GAA with Cappamore GAA Club retaining at least 50% of funding generated by you the supporter. We would like to thank you for your support for 2012, and hopefully you can continue with your valued support for 2013.

CROOM

OFFICERS: President Michael McDonnell, Chairman Alan Sheerin, Secretary Seamus Twomey, Treasurer Mark Reidy, Ass.Treasurer Jed Carey, Register Mickey Cahill, Irish Officer Patrick C. Fitzgerald, PRO. John O Farrell.

SYMPATHY: Croom has lost another great gael following the passing of John Reidy at the weekend. John played football and hurling with Croom Gaa in the 60’s and with our neighbours Banogue in the 70’s, captaining both clubs to county honours. We extend our condolences to the Reidy family on there sad loss.

Last week saw the passing of one of the longest serving officers of the Croom club Colm O Reagan. Colm served as treasurer for over forty years and was known for his kindness and patience towards everyone he encountered. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Noreen and extended family. Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

CONGRATS: Congratulations to Conor for his inclusion on the county senior hurling panel for the coming season.

ALMALGAMATE: Croom GAA club are pleased to announce their amalgamation with Crecora, for the under 21 grade for the coming season, we wish them well in there endeavours.

LOTTO: Numbers drawn 8, 12, 25, 30. No jackpot winner. Quickpicks are as follows. €50 Connie B.Kiely, c/o Tom Kylie, €30 John & Danny Mulqueen c/o G. Ledding, €20 - T.O.D, c/o Spar, David Griffin,c/o Hogans, Eva O Rourke,c/o of Hogans, Sinead Ryan, 2 Elm Park Drive, S.M. Mangan, c/o Storans, Mary O Farrell, Carrigeen.

Next weeks jackpot €10,200 draw on in Tangneys Bar Croom.

CLAUGHAUN

EGM: The club held an EGM on February 4 with the view of electing a new chairman for the coming year. John O’Brien was the approved candidate and will now take up the role.

TRAINING: This week also saw a return to hurling training for all adult players ranging from Minor to Intermediate. A fantastic first session was held with new coach John Touhy putting the players through their paces.

The U-21 hurling team, who are amalgamated with St. Patrick’s under the name Singland Gaels, had their first outing of the year on Saturday February 9 against South Liberties-Fedamore. This fast paced game proved a good workout, with Singland Gaels coming out on top of a 2-11 to 2-9 scoreline.

MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is due for renewal for 2013, please contact club secretary if you have not already done so. €30 for full membership, €10 for U-18’s and €50 for families.

Tickets for the draw for two tickets to Manchester United vs Chelsea on weekend May 4-5, plus €300 are still on sale in the club. Tickets are €2 each and are available in clubhouse, draw will take place on April 1.

DRAW: Claughaun GAA are now taking subscriptions for the Limerick GAA Club Draw for 2013. There are 10 monthly draws, with the first taking place on Friday, March 1 with a top prize each month of €15,000. There are also additional prizes for 5 of the 10 months, consisting of: 2 tickets for Munster Hurling Final with €100 spending money. 2 tickets for Munster Football Final with €100 spending money. 2 tickets for All-Ireland Hurling Final with overnight stay in The Croke Park Hotel plus evening meal. 2 tickets for All-Ireland Football Final with overnight stay in The Croke Park Hotel plus evening meal.

Annual Membership is €100, payable in 10 monthly installments. For more details, enquire at Club Bar.

CRECORA MANISTER

MEDALS: All County Junior League Cup presented to Crecora/Manister team at their recent Club Table Quiz in Yellow Town

The All County Junior League Cup was presented by County Chairman Oliver Mann to Mike McCormack of the winning Junior A Crecora/Manister hurling team at their recent fund raising table quiz night in Yellowtown. The Junior A team won this for the first time in the clubs history last September.

The Table Quiz itself was won by Mark Leahy, Cian Leahy, Noel Kennedy & Kieran Burke who piped the second place team by the narrowest of margins.

DOON

MINOR MEDALS: Last Saturday night was a proud one for our 2012 county minor champions when they were presented with their medals by Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly. With a hugely successful club and county career to date, Fennelly is a great role model for our younger stars. There was a great turn-out of family, friends and supporters on the night. Our thanks to everyone who made it a success. Our under-age Feile stars were also honoured.

LOTTO: Lotto results from Monday February 4. Jackpot €6,600. Numbers drawn 8, 11, 16, 25. No winner. 1 match 3 – Kathleen Creagh, Gurtnakisteen.

10 lucky dips got €20 each – Brid Murphy, Cooga; Maroin McSweeney, c/o Trish McLoughlin; John Power, Cooga; Nora Kelly, c/o Mary Joe; Richei Nihill, c/o Kellys; Siobhan O’Connell, Moanduff; Sean Roche, c/o ESB, Mary Noonan, c/o Moores; Con McGrath, The Forts; Tom & Margaret O’Brien, Glengar.

If you are unable to meet our regular ticket sellers, why not subscribe online to our Lotto for 6 or 12 months. Visit www.doon.limerick.gaa.ie for further details.

DRAW: To subscribe to this year’s Limerick GAA Club Draw, please contact Draw Co-ordinator Adrian O’Donovan (087) 2207674 or any committee member. The first of 10 monthly draws will take place on Friday March 1, with a top monthly prize of €15,000. This is an important source of income for the club and your support is very much appreciated.

MEMBERSHIP: 2013 membership is now due. Please contact registrar Patricia Collins. Fees are the same as last year - €20 for adults and €5 for U-18s.

FR CASEYS

DRAWS: The draw for the county senior football championship took place last Wednesday night. Fr. Caseys have been drawn in Group 2 along with county champions Drom/Broadford, local rivals Mountcollins, Galbally, Ballylanders and Ballysteen. In Group 1 Newcastle West, Monaleen, St. Kierans, St. Patricks, Adare and Pallasgreen have been pitted against each other. Both groups look equally difficult and this year’s championship looks like being a highly competitive affair. Fr. Caseys opening tie will be against Drom/Broadford on the week-ending April 28 or May 5 depending on the success of the Limerick senior footballers in the Allianz football league. We wish Davy Keating, his management team and all the players the very best of luck as they go in search of their ninth county senior title.

INTER-COUNTY: Congratulations to the Limerick Senior Footballers who continued winning ways in their National League campaign when they defeated Offaly in Tullamore last Sunday by 0-12 to 1-08. This victory places Limerick on top of the Division 4 table after two games with five games still remaining. Well done to all involved, especially Padraig, John, Derry and Mike. Limericks next game is away to Waterford on Saturday March 2nd in Dungarvan.

CARDS: 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: Joint Winners (15 games): Liam O’Connor, Beth Collins, Jamsie McEnery; Runners Up (14 games): Fintan Quirke, Maureen Fitzgerald, JD Foley; Table Prize: James Keane, Mary Browne, Nuala O’Connell; Door Prize: Andy Keane; Raffle Prize: Mike Flavin, Fintan Quirke, Kate Lenihan, Jamsie McEnery, Maureen Fitzgerald

UNDERAGE: Fr Caseys GAA Coiste na nÓg held a meeting last Wednesday February 6. There was a good turnout at the meeting and some very important issues were discussed with great interest. It was agreed that the registration for the coming year would take place on Wednesday February 20 from 7pm to 8.30pm at the clubhouse. Also Fr. Caseys Coiste na nÓg will hold a card game to raise funds on Friday March 15 at the clubhouse and we hope that the event will be supported greatly by all.

GARRYSPILLANE

CALENDAR: The club calendar is still on sale and can be bought from any committee member and form the local shops for €10. The calendar has loads of photos from the last 60 years and is a great collectors item.

We are also releasing a DVD in connection with the clubs 60th anniversary. All the clubs memories are captured on this 2 disk collection! To have sneak pre-view of what’s on the DVD, you can youtube “Garryspillane @60”. The DVD can be got for €12 from our secretary, Liam Russell and from local shops.

LOTTO: There was no winner in this weeks lotto. The numbers were 1, 2, 27, 28. The lucky dip winners are: Jackie Ryan, Marian Doyle, Cathy Lynch, Colin & Cormac Ryan and Pat O Mara. Next week’s lotto will take place in Tobin’s Bar, Glenbrohane where the jackpot will be €6,200.

MEMBERSHIP: Don’t forget that club membership is now due for the 2013 season and can be given to any club member. Club membership is €20 per person and €50 per family. All players and mentors of teams must pay their membership. Also, the Macky Draw will start in March. Anyone interested in buying a ticket for the draw can contact any club member. There is a special price of €160 if you want to join both the Macky Draw and the Garryspillane GAA weekly lotto for the year. This, effectively, only costs €2.50 per week.

KILMALLOCK

GATHERING: Plans are well underway for ‘The Gathering’ Kilmallock 2013. Local organisations and sporting bodies have come together to organise what promises to be a week to remember for all – and especially for those planning to return to Ireland for a few days in July. Running from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 21 there will be something for everyone. Among the planned events there will be:

An exhibition hurling match between a local selection and a team from London, An agricultural event – incorporating vintage tractors, organised in conjunction with the local Macra na Feirme and Golden Vale Marts, A 7-a-side soccer tournament, A photograph and film exhibition featuring the work of the late J.K. O’Leary, A reunion of the ‘three-in-a-row’ team that won the Senior Hurling Championship 1973, 1974, 1975, A choral evening at The Dominican Friary, The Headless Horseman Adventure Race – starting and finishing in Kilmallock, A Family Fun Day and a bike race.

So pass the word on to all with a special ‘cead mile failte’ to our loved ones in far off places – Kilmallock is the place to be for ‘The Gathering’ – July 2013

WANTED: Any old helmets or hurleys that may be lying around in your homes, we want to re use these items by putting them into the schools and the bord na nog for coaching sessions. Your support would be much appreciated in the development of our future hurling stars.

Contact Donal Barry on 0879029468 or drop them to the petrol station.

KILTEELY-DROMKEEN

UNDERAGE: Feile na nGael 2013, a nationwide competition for U14 hurling is coming to Limerick this year and we are delighted to announce that the Juvenile club will be taking part and hosting a team. The dates are fixed for the weekend of July 5-7 and we would urge all parents of children involved in this age group to keep that weekend clear, indeed this will be such an exciting weekend that nobody will want to miss it. “Hosting” a team means a club from another County or Country will be staying with local families, both adults and children, and all people in that house over 18 will have to be Garda vetted, a standard procedure that all people involved with coaching child go through at present. There will be many events planned over the weekend to keep the visiting team and the locals entertained, this is a major event that only comes to Limerick every 10 years or so don’t miss it.

TRAINING: Preparations are well under way for the coming playing year, off the field management for each age group are being finalised and in the next couple of weeks we will get back to training.

MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for the 2013 season. Adults €30. Students / Unemployed / OAP’s €20. Underage €10. Payment can be made to any of the club officers. We will also set up the option to pay online for any potential members, visit www.kdgaa.ie for more information.

LOTTO: Club lotto results for Monday February 4. Numbers drawn - 13, 15, 19, 25. No Winner. Lucky Dips: Mary O’Grady, Diarmuid Grace, Bridget Butler, John Quinlan. Sellers Prize: David O’Meara. Next week’s jackpot is €5,400, you can purchase a ticket online or from any of our local resellers.

10k: Following our great success in the Milford 10k, we are calling on players, supporters, club members and local to come out and join us in the Castleconnell 10K Run/Walk this Sunday February 17. The walk begins at 1.30pm and the run begins at 2.15pm. Entry cost is €10 for walkers and €15 for runners. Let us know if u are interested on our facebook page or by contacting any club officer.

VIDEO: We are currently gathering all old video footage for matches and events that took place in the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. We will be able to copy the video footage and create DVD’s aswell as putting the matches up online. If you have an old video of a game or event, email pro.kdgaa@gmail.com or contact any of the club officers. We will return the video to you along with a DVD copy once we have completed the project.

INTER-COUNTY: We have a number of players currently involved with intercounty panels, Paudie Ahern was named on the limerick senior hurling league panel last week, Denis O’Dea is with the limerick U-21 footballers, Sean O’Dea is with the Limerick minor footballers, and Jamie McCarthy is with the Limerick U-15 hurlers. Well done and best of luck to all the lads for the season ahead.

CONGRATS: Congratulations and best wishes from the club to Phillip Coffey and Laura O’Sullivan who are getting married this Thursday February 14.

KNOCKANE

LOTTO: There was no winner of last weeks lotto draw witch was held in Dawsons Bar Cullen Numbers drawn were 13, 15, 19, 25. Lucky Dips were Mary O’Grady, Diarmuid Grace, Bridget and Ann Butler & John Quinlan. Sellers prize went to David O’Meara. Next weeks Jackpot stands at €5,300. Tickets can be bought from any committee Member

MEMBERSHIP: Club Membership for 2013 is now due. This years costs are as follows Adult Membership €20, Juvenile Membershis €5, Family Membership €50.

FRIENDS OF LIMERICK 73: Friends of Limerick 73 is a recently formed Committee with the aim of raising funds for Charity. The charitys we have chosen are Milford Care Centre, MS Limerick, Lianagry Assocition Limerick with aii monies raised divided equally between the three charities. With this idea in mind and this year 2013 being the 40th Anniversary of Limericks last All-Ireland Senior hurling title win its hoped with the co-operation of the Players of that famous panel to get replica Limerick jerseys and hurleys autographed.The jerseys and hurleys will be auctioned and raffled. Friends of Limerick 73 will be launched in Moores Bar Doon on Saturday February 23 at 8.30pm followed by Table quiz at 9.30pm. All are welcome We will holding a number of other fundraisers over the coming mounths and would appreciate any sponsorship /spot prizes you could provide More details will follow over the coming weeks.

BEARNA NS: Bearna NS will hold a table quiz in the Idler Bar Knockane on Friday February 22 all support greattly appreciated and all are welcome

LIMERICK SUPPORTERS CLUB DUBLIN

AGM: A fine attendance at the Goat Inn in Goatstown heard an inspiring address from Professor Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh at the 18th AGM of the Limerick Supporters club in Dublin. A native of Limerick city, Professor Ó Tuathaigh is a passionate follower of Limerick teams and one of Ireland’s most eminent historians. In a wide-ranging address, the former Professor of Modern History at NUI, Galway and current member of the Council of State urged the GAA in general and in particular in Limerick to establish a Planning Unit to examine and tackle the challenges facing the Association as the demographic face of rural and urban life changes. A presentation of “The Cups That Cheered” - A History of the Sigerson, Fitzgibbon and Higher Education Gaelic Games” by Dónal McAnallen was made to Gearóid by Club Chair Paul Stapleton.

County Chairman Oliver Mann and County Secretary Mike O’Riordan updated the meeting on developments at club and county level with particular emphasis on the new championship structure that is being introduced in 2014. On the Dublin front, Chair Paul Stapleton noted the many positive activities that the club had pursued during 2012 - the Dinner Dance, the Golf Classic, the visit to Belfast and paid tribute to Tom Moran for his superbly supported “Tomathon” which has raised in the region of €200,000 for Pieta House. Paul also said that the Supporters Club had generated in the region of €13,000 of financial assistance for the Limerick GAA - a not insignificant sum in the current economic climate. Treasurer Harry Keane - the club’s longest serving officer - in his 18th year in the position reported that the club had managed its finances astutely and was in the black for an 18th successive year.

OFFICERS: Chairman: Paul Stapleton, Vice Chairman: Gerry O’Sullivan, Secretary: Ollie Mann, Asst Secretary Hugh Hynes, Treasurer: Harry Keane, Ass.Treasurer: Michael Fitzgerald (Athea), PRO: Diarmuid Grace, Registrar: Tom Lavery, Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Éamonn Ó hÓgáin, County Board Liaison John Keating, Social Events Secretary: Pat Nash, Director of Golf: Tom Cotter, Assistant Golf Director: Paddy O’Brien, Committee: Jamie Hennessy, Eamonn Rea, Tom McGrath, Michael Fitzgerald (Rathkeale).

MONALEEN

LOTTO: The Lotto numbers drawn were 5, 8, 9, 30 for a Jackpot of €4500, No winner. Quick Pick winners were D. Buckley c/o Hurlers : P.J./M Gaffney Monaleen Rd : M . Power Monaleen Pk : B. Gleeson Kilbane. The Lotto committee would like to thank all who support the lotto in 2012. Collectors are now in your area for the 2013 lotto. Please support as generously as possible.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: The Senior Footballers had their first outing for the year on Sunday morning in UL when they beat Oola. This was a good preparation for the Georgie Fitzpatrick Memorial Tournament which will be played in Dublin on Sat February 16. The teams participating this year are Monaleen, Kilmuray Ilbrickene (Clare), Kilkee (Clare), Parnells(Dublin).

TRAINING: Senior club training: Hurling training has resumed on Sunday mornings at 10 for all U-21, Junior and Intermediate teams. Combined fitness training will continue on Wednesday evenings at 7 in UL for hurling and football.

UNDERAGE: Underage club training: Training has now resumed for all age groups.

Please refer to appropriate team page on the club website www.monaleen.gaa.ie for exact details. All new players are most welcome to join. Please note that steel studs are not allowed on the UL GAA astro pitch. Only moulded, rubber or blades are allowed. Steel studs are allowed on the UL Rugby pitch.

GUMSHIELDS: Reminder that gumshields are now mandatory in all underage grades (up to and including minor) for Gaelic Football matches and practice sessions. You will not be allowed to participate in Gaelic Football training or matches unless you are wearing a gumshield. Please contact the relevant team coaches for more information.

MUNGRET

SENIOR CLUB: Our own Pa Begley, Munster U-21 Championship winner with Limerick in 2011, last appeared in the Limerick colours in the All-Ireland semi-final of that competition against Galway. He looked an outstanding prospect to graduate to senior even then, and it’s great to see that he has made the Limerick senior panel for 2013. There was further good news for the club with Brendan Giltenane and Greg Murray making the county U-21 football panel. We wish all three of these players the very best of luck with Limerick.

BEST WISHES: We’d like to send our best wishes to Carmel Browne after her recent hospital stay.

LADIES FOOTBALL: Our U-14s will continue to train at the Sand based pitch on Saturdays at 12.15. The U-16, Minor and Senior Training resumed on Monday February 11 at 6.30 in the Village pitch (up the side road by the church). Our U-8s, U-10s and U-12s will resume training next Saturday February 16 at 11.00 also at the Village pitch. New players are always welcome so girls interested in playing ladies football of any age should talk to any of the coaches at the training sessions.

REGISTRATION: Registration for all children is due and must be paid before the end of March. If your children are not registered they will not be allowed train or play in matches.

FEILE: This is a big year for underage GAA in Limerick, which is the host county for Feile na nGael in 2013. This is the third time that Limerick has hosted this event, which has been running since 1971. The training and planning for this event is underway at county and club level, which will involve up to 25,000 visiting players being hosted throughout the county. Limerick teams have won division one of the hurling competition on three occasions, with two further division 1 wins in camogie. Indeed, Mungret camogie club did not exist when Feile was previously hosted in Limerick, so this promises to be a historic year for the girls. Look out for further communications regarding Mungret’s participation in Feile 2013.

GEAR BADG: An order is being placed for Gear bags. If you want to get your order in please put your name down in the club shop open Saturday morning 11.30am to 12.30pm, where a sample is available to be seen. The bag does come in 2 sizes; juvenile size is €30, while the senior size price is expected to be €35, though this latter price is subject to confirmation. we will not be ordering again for six months, so this is your chance to get your hands on a classy kit bag with your own name printed on it.

NEWCASTLE WEST

TRAINING: Training for most club teams is well underway. Tuesdays, Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11.30am are the regular days for players from U-21 up. Minors and U-16s have a league - Four teams, 10-a-side, hurling and football up and running on Fridays at 6pm. The U-16s train on Mondays at 6.30pm, the U-14s on Mondays also at 7.30pm. The U-12s haven’t started back yet but the U-10s and U-8s both train on Saturdays at 10am-11am, the U-10s at the all-weather, the U-8s at NCW Community Centre.

INTER-COUNTY: Various players are on county panels. Ian Corbett came on as a sub for the senior footballers V Offaly on Sunday last. Michael O’Keeffe was on the subs bench, Stephen Kelly is injured, and Joe Lee is a selector. Ian Corbett, Brian O’Sullivan and Jamie Lee are on the U-21 football panel preparing for next month’s Munster C’Ship Rd.1 V Kerry.

LOTTO: This week’s club Lotto jackpot is €5,000. The draw for the jackpot and 5 x €40 lucky dips was scheduled for Monday last. Support is appreciated for the 2013 Limerick GAA Development Draw.

CAMOGIE: The senior camogie team is well into training. The Co. League begins on Sunday February 24 In Rd.1 we play Bruff. The Minors train with the seniors, but training has not yet started for U-16s and U-14s. U-12s start in early March, as do the U-10s. First U-8 training is on Saturday March 2 at the NCW Community Centre.

SCHOOLS: The Munster Schools Intermediate C’Ship replay Desmond College V St. Marys Newport takes place on Saturday next (February 16) in Newport. The teams drew [Desmond (5-8), Newport (4-11)] two weeks ago at Neville Park.

COUNTY: There are club players and mentors with the county intermediate, minor and U-16 teams preparing for National League(intermediates), All-Ireland C’Ship(inter, minor and u16) and Munster C’Ships(inter, minor and U-16). The Minors with Rebecca Delee (capt) (0-1), Karen O’Leary and Shauna Tobin lost to Cork 1-6 to 1-11 at Boher on Saturday last in the semi-final of the Munster ‘A’ C’Ship.

Next up for the three Co. teams are: 1. February 23 v Galway (Minor All-Ireland ‘A’ C’ship), 2. February 24 V Antrim (inter-National League), and 3. March 2 V Tipperary (U-16 Munster ‘A’ C’ship).

Club players involved are: Intermediates- Ashling McCartan, Elaine Kennedy, Patricia Liston, Katy Hurley, Rebecca Delee; and mentors Ger Sheehy, Ann Herbert. Minors- Rebecca Delee(capt), Karen O’Leary and Shauna Tobin. U-16s- Laura Walshe, Emily Upton, Kiara Carroll, Leanne Browne and Emma Herbert. Best of luck to all. For Primary Schools, the 5-a-side indoor C’Ships are scheduled for March, with all our feeder schools- Scoil Iosaf, Gaelscoil, Killoughteen, Monagea and Ardagh likely to field teams.

OOLA

LOOTO: Nos: 10, 11, 19, 24. No winner. Match 3s: Tommy O’Mahony Oola, Michael Ryan (O) Oola, Biddy Murnane Pallas, Therese Maines Dublin, Ann Ryan c/o shiela. Lucky dips- Bertie Quirke Oola, Breda Guiren Oola, Rodge Fahy Oola.

Promotors- Donal Bourke Oola, Mairead Downey Oola

CHALLENGE: The intermediate boys started of their season with a challenge game against an under strength Monaleen team. In an enjoyable opening game

for the players Monaleen ran out winners by a few points.

The team lined out as follows: John O Grady, Raymond Ryan, Padraig Ryan, Don Anderson, David Donovan, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Fiachra O Grady, Denis Moloney, Darragh Stapleton, Ciaran Ryan, Daniel Quirke, Brian Fenton, Daniel O Sullivan, Derek Ryan, Kevin Nolan, Don Holmes.

LADIES: U-12 and U-14 training on in doon on Wedsnday nights from 6-7; U-16 minor and intermediate training on saturday evening at 5.00 in Oola.

Reminder for all players Membership is now due and can be paid to register Mixie Ryan, cost is €20 for adults and €5 for Minors. Please try and pay this asap.

PALLASGREEN

MEMBERSHIP: Club Membership is now due, €20 for Adults €10 for Minors (age 17/18).

BINGO: Pallasgreen GAA Bingo is held every Wednesday in Pallasgreen Community Centre at 8.30pm. Please support by coming along and taking part.

DRAW: Limerick Club Draw 2013 will commence in March. Tickets cost €100. Club receives 50% commission on every ticket sold. Tickets can be paid on a monthly basis - €10 per monthContact David McGuinness 087 2677674 if interested in joining the draw.

LOTTO: Club Lotto February 4 - No winner. Numbers drawn 3, 10, 18, 25. Next weeks jackpot €3,800 and the draw will take place in Whelan’s Bar. Tickets cost €2 each and are available from local business. Please support your club. Lucky Dip Winner €25 each: Paul Lawton, Dannielle Gammell, Teresa Redfearn, Anthony Maher, Dan Quinn.

DANCE: On Friday March 8, Pallasgreen GAA club will be hosting a dinner dance in the Woodlands Hotel in Adare. After dinner music and entertainment will be provided by Froggie and Michelle. Tickets for the event will cost €30 and are available from David McGuinness on 087 2677674. Early purchasers will be entered into a draw for B&B in the Woodlands Hotel on the night of the dance. There are also a limited number of rooms available in the hotel for €29.50 per person. Contact the Woodlands Hotel on 061605100 to book rooms.

TRAINING: Training will commence for all players on Saturday week, February 16, at 4:00pm in Cannon Hayes Complex, Tipperary Town. Please note the change of venue from University of Limerick. If you cannot attend, please contact one of your team selectors or David McGuinness.

REGISTRATION: The Juvenile Club Registration night will take place on February 17 at 6.30pm in the Community Centre. All members for teams from U-6’s to U-16’s are asked to attend with their parents. New members are greatly welcomed.

Registration for 2013 costs €5 per child. Presentations will be made to to the U-13 Football County Champions along with player of the year for U-12’s U-14’s and U-16’s along with most improved player/club member for the year.

SCOR: Pallasgreen GAA are seeking members (17 years +) to compete in Senior Scór 2013. Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times This competition is open to novelty acts, singers, ballad groups, recitation, musicians and dancers. If you would like to represent the club in any of these areas please contact Kevin Dillon on 0863396545 or kevdill@gmail.com.

Pallasgreen GAA invite applications for a scholarship to a Munster based Gaeltacht College. The scholarship is open to all secondary school club members and provides a wonderful opportunity for a 2/3 week immersion in our native tongue. Those interested please contact Kevin Dillon on 0863396545 or @ kevdill@gmail.com. Applications before February 2.

PATRICKSWELL

CONGRATS: Congratulations to Mark Carmody for his recent inclusion to the Limerick Senior Hurling Panel. We wish Mark every success for the upcoming National Hurling League campaign and beyond. We hope that other Patrickswell men will force their way into contention for the county panel.

Commiserations to Ardscoil Ris, who were defeated by 1-13 to 0-14 against Our Lady’s Templemore in the Harty Cup semi-final replay. The Patrickswell contingent of Cian Lynch, Andrew Carroll, Aaron Gillane and Keith Cawley were instrumental to the school’s progress to the latter stages of the competition.

DRAW: Subscribers who wish to enter the 2013 Limerick Development (Mackey) Draw are invited to get in touch with promoter in the very soon. The first draw occurs in early March. Subscriptions are €10 per month or €100 for the entire year. There are some excellent prizes each month for the lucky winners.

MEMBERSHIP: Club membership fees are now payable. The rates for 2013 are €20 for juveniles and college students, €35 for adults and family membership for €80. Please note that every player is required to become paid-up members. Registration and Membership clinics will be run to accommodate members.

SHAMROCK GAELS

LADIES FOOTBALL: A well attended meeting to discuss the future of ladies football in the club took place last Sunday in Athlacca. It was heartening to see such interest and the club are delighted to announce that this year it will be entering girls teams in U-10’s, U-12’s, U-14’s & U-16 age groups.

Following a lively discussion re affilation costs(it costs €35 to register each girl with the County Board). It was decided to set girls membership at €20 each. It will be necessary to fundraise durning the years to off set these costs, your support will be greatly appreciated more news about these fundraises at a later date.

Shamrock Gaels will have an U-10 girls football team this coming season, could all wishing to register their child please text Emma on 087 9042057 before Sunday February 17.

TEAM MENTORS: Girls Football Liasion Officer Martina Hickey.

U-16’s: Donal Scully, John Lyons, Eddie Hickey, Martina Hickey.

U-14’s: Pat Rabbitt, Kevin Lynch, Jean Brennan.

U-12’s: John Corrigan, Emma O’Riordan, Donal Walsh, Karen Fox.

U-10’s: Mark Moynihan, Emma O’Riordan, Ciara Hennessy.

ST PATRICKS

MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due Adults is at €40 and Underage is at €20. All club Membership need to be paid by March 31 and Adult Membership can be got from Club Secretary Colm O’Brien or Eamonn Phelan or any Committee member underage membership can be got from our underage secretary Sean

Maher or any underage Committee member. All players who are asked to paid their membership as soon as possible.

TRAINING: U-6 & U-7 hurling training started this Friday February 8 with Session 1 is on in Grove Island Sports Hall from 6pm to 7pm. Session 2 is

on in CBS Sports Hall from 7.30pm to 8.15pm. Training is for boys and girls and new players are welcome at both sessions. U-8 hurling training also takes place Friday between 7.30 pm to 8.15pm in CBS Sexton street sports hall and again all new players welcome. U-9 & U-10 hurling training also goes ahead on Friday in CBS sexton street sports hall from 8.15pm to 9pm. Then on this Saturday our U-12 are training in Rhebogue at 4pm while our U-13 and U-14s are training on Thursday nights at 7pm under light in Rhebouge. Our senior football training continues on Wednesday nights and our Junior and U-21 hurlers on Friday nights in Rhebogue at 7pm also under lights.

FEILE: All Garda vetting forms that was handed out recently must be returned on or before this Thursday night February 16.

TICKETS: The club are at the moment running a fundraiser for our All weather field development fund and all club committee and club players are working together with this fundraiser, the main ticket prize are for a great trip for two to Old Trafford to see Manchester United in action against Swansea on May 12 tickets are only €3 or two for €3 please support this fundraiser.

SOUTH LIBERTIES

AGM: The annual club AGM was held on Monday 4th February. The meeting was opened with a prayer from Fr. Oliver. Mike Fitzpatrick, club secretary, then gave a concise account of the performances of the Senior, Junior, U-21 and Minor teams last season. Treasurer Maurice Barrett gave a detailed account of income and expenditure during the year. A discussion on fund raising for the coming year followed, with Fantasy Cheltenham being the first one coming up in March. Following this, Eamon Fitzgerald spoke on the plans for improving coaching in the club in the coming months. Jack O’Brien spoke on the Bord na nOg performances during the year and wished the new Bord na nOg Secretary, Declan Brosnahan all the best in his new position. There followed reports on the Limerick Development Draw and on membership for the year. It was agreed to increase juvenile player membership up to €35 and adult players to €55. Last to give his address was club chairman Cronan Garry who thanked everyone involved in the club for their time and went on to wish all teams the best of luck in the coming year. There were two additions to the committee, Shane Kilcoyne is our new assistant Treasurer and Eddie Noonan is the Irish Officer. Finally there was a discussion on the new format being proposed in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior championships through Lifting the Treaty 2 (which was passed at the county meeting on Tuesday evening). It was also suggested that supervised study should be provided for our players doing exams. This is to be investigated further.

COACHING COURSE: A coaching course will be held in the Club house on Friday evening March 1 and Saturday March 2. All are welcome to attend. Please give name to Declan Brosnahan if interested.

INDOOR HURLING: Indoor hurling for the U-6, U-8 and U-10 players will commence on Friday February 15 in Delta Soccer Dome from 7–8 pm. Players must bring a helmet, a hurley, a drink and must wear runners. Please bring €2 each week to cover the cost of pitch hire.

MEMBERSHIP: Membership for 2013 is now due. Juvenile players - €35, Adult players - €55, adult supporters - €50, OAP’s €30 and family membership - €100. This can be paid to any committee member.