KNOCKANE GAA club, founded in the shadows of Sarsfield’s Rock in the parish of Pallasgreen/Templebraden, can trace its history back to 1887.
However, it wasn’t until over a century later, earlier this year, that they secured a permanent playing pitch.
Twenty two acres was purchased in the heart of their catchment area - adjacent to Garrydoolis National School and the church.
While they are proud of being the smallest GAA club in County Limerick they have big plans for the future. Chairman, Larry Creamer, says they are holding a ‘buster’ night in Limerick Greyhound Stadium this Friday, December 21 from 8pm.
“All the money raised will go to our field development works. The land offers us a lot of opportunities to cater for Gaelic activities, for the old and young, into the future,” said Mr Creamer.
The tight-knit community have backed them 100 per cent with their efforts and a limited number of tickets remain. They cost €20 with children going free. The winner of the buster night will go home with €1,000, which will certainly take care of a few Christmas presents! Contact Mr Creamer on 087 9221205
This event, full of festive cheer and fun, is the beginning of their fundraising drive.
All going well Mr Creamer says they hope to be kicking a football on their new pitch in the summer. While known as a football stronghold - they claimed senior county honours during the glory days of the 1930s and 40s - the club also has a hurling team.
They are also linked to the recently formed Sarsfield ladies football club, who Mr Creamer says have a very important part to play in the club’s future.
Friday night will be a big step on their journey as they grow from strength to strength.