Mar 16

Gerard O’Connell 086


Gerard O’Connell 086

VARIETY GROUP: After a lapse of three years a weekend of music, song and dance and comedy is back.

VARIETY GROUP: After a lapse of three years a weekend of music, song and dance and comedy is back.

Once again the Pallasgreen Variety Group take to the stage on the 15th, 16, & 17th of March at 8pm each evening in the Community Centre. A production by the renowned Maureen Fitzgerald “Here We Are Again” promises to entertain from beginning to end with performances by our young people and our young at heart. It’s a show not to be missed so come along and get your seat in the Theatre style Community Centre and be entertained and celebrate over this St Patrick’s Weekend.

PALLASGREEN/TEMPLEBRADEN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: An emotional Mary Harty was in attendance at a very informal function in O’Dwyer’s Bar last Sunday evening when the proceeds of the Motor Neurone Disease Association 5K walk held recently was presented to the I.M.N.D.A. On a cold evening, the blazing fire of the lounge saw Michael Gleeson former neighbour of Mary Harty and Limerick’s live 95fm get proceedings underway. He thanked all who supported in anyway, the organisers and the two people mainly responsible for coming up with the idea, PP O’Sullivan and PJ Quirke. The amount collect was a staggering response from people and the money is still coming for the cause.

Also to speak at the occasion was Tom Ryan (W) chairperson of the Pallasgreen-Templebraden Dev Assoc, Carmel Harty sister of Mary on behalf of the family and Maire Reavy from the I.M.N.D.A. Who said that community spirit was truly alive and well in Pallasgreen. The response from the community and countrywide was phenomenal.

A cheque for the amount collected to date was a fantastic €24,563.60.

Well done to all, a wonderful and act of humanity, kindness and generosity

HONOURED: Congratulations to Tom Ryan (W) and Tony Greene (Snr) were honoured by Cumann Sean Ghaeil last Saturday at a function in the Millennium Centre Caherconlish. A packed centre saw bothe men receive a presentation by the Sean Ghaeil Committee for their contribution to the Gaelic Athletic Association. Tom received the prestigious Tom O’Brien Personality Award and Tony the Divisional Club Award.

Both men have served the club and are still serving it with great distinction and has given outstanding service to gaelic life in East Limerick

Also on the night Gerry Quirke from Knockane was also honoured for his services to the GAA.

Tony Greene(Snr): Tony Presently holds the well deserved position of Honour Member of the club. He is still a very important figure within Pallasgreen GAA.

He served two terms as chairman and two terms a treasurer shows the esteem in which he is held.

He has competed in Scor for many years mainly in the question time category. He has done much for so many local organisations organising Table Quiz’s and acting as quiz master for worthwhile fundraisers. He was also a mentor to some of the great Set Dancing teams that took part in county and Munster finals

He is a proud Pallasgreen man and a man well versed in all aspects of the Gaelic Athletic Association. He was always much respected by board officials and other delegates. In the position of club chairman where his contribution dealing with the many aspects of GAA life and its promotion, were many and worthwhile and his voluntary involvement was outstanding.

His contribution and loyalty to Gaelic games has been immense throughout the years, his dedication to club and parish makes him a deserving winner of Sean Ghaeil Award..

Tom Ryan(W)

Tom Ryan (W) , a native of Reask, was born into a strong GAA family. His father John, uncles, Joe, Mikie and Paddy all wore the Pallasgreen colours, while John and Mikie went on to wear the Limerick jersey. His uncle Paddy Ryan emigrated to England in the late forties and helped in the foundation of the John Mitchels Club in Birmingham. On his return to Ireland, he spent some years as secretary of the Kildangan Club in North Tipperary.

Having played with the club in his early years, Tom always maintained that was Just an average hurler, but little did he think he was to go on and become the club’s longest serving secretary from 1970-1990. The administration side of the club was the farthest thing from his mind and it all happened by chance and a stroke of a pen. His first two years as secretary of the club were to be a stepping stone. Many changes within the club during these two years proved very significant in more ways than one.

He certainly made an impact on the new and exciting period in Pallasgreen GAA. He continued the dual role of administrator and player after his initial two years which proved very fruitful and transformative. People began to realise his administrative capabilities and skills. For the next twenty years Tom Ryan and his late friend P.J. Ryan as treasurer were to go on and steer the clubs fortunes. They went on to be very highly respected club officers , and held in the highest regard by the community and by their contemporaries at all levels of the GAA in Limerick.

Tom says that his twenty years as secretary sped rapidly by and included some great moments to savour, such as winning the All Ireland Scor titles, the opening of the field and dressing rooms and the celebrations during the GAA Centenary Year. This also included unveiling the club crest designed by the late Michael McCarthy and planting the Centenary ash tree by the club President William O’Dwyer.

Tom was very active in the Centenary year and played a central role in all the events that took place. He was instrumental in organising the GAA museum and this proved very popular with the vast amount of artefacts on display.

Tom’s attention to detail was first class and nothing was left to chance. His preparation especially during club matches was meticulous ,everything accounted for. He had served under several chairman ranging from; Rev Fr Keogh, Michael Hayes. Pat Cronin, Mike O’Grady. Jimmy Carr, Paddy O’Connell and Christy McMahon. His advice and presence were very much sought after. After his playing career finished in 1981, it gave him more time to concentrate on his family and his administrative role. Living in Garranemore with his wife Margaret, and raising a young family, time finally caught up with him. He was spending long hours with his meat distribution business and decided after twenty years of loyal service to step down at the 1990 AGM.

After his sabbatical, the second coming of Tom Ryan has begun and is now serving on the executive committee as treasurer for the past two years. He is also guiding the fortunes of the Pallasgreen-Templebraden Development Association as chairperson and hoping to develop Pallasgreen into a community to benefit all.

Tom Ryan(W) has made a tremendous contribution to Pallasgreen GAA club. He will rank as a Champion of Secretaries and one of our most dedicated and outstanding officials.

Gerry Quirke

Hailing from the townland of Tiermanagh in the parish of Templebraden Gerry Quirke has given exemplary service to Knockane football teams in all grades over the years.

Gerry Quirke can be described is an outstanding gael for Knockane. In his younger days In Juvenile football he captured a number of Eastern titles. He would later go on to excel playing in the Junior ranks and proved to be one of Knockanes most consistent players playing in nearly all games involving the club. A quiet unassuming gentleman he was another line of gifted footballers that came from the football stronghold underneath Sarsfields Rock. Gerry was a skillfull player and did most of his playing on the wing. He contested two East Junior football finals in 1968 and 1973.

He was very dedicated to training and prepared himself diligently for every game. When his playing days ended he is still an ever present figure patrolling the sideline for his beloved Knockane and remain a true gael of one of Limerick’s oldest clubs.

SYMPATHY: The death took place last week of Margaret Bresnan nee Ryan of Coologue, Old Pallas. Funeral was from Ryans Funeral Home To Nicker. Following requiem Mass Internment took place in Old Pallas Cemetery. Sympathies are extended to her Son Michael, daughters Peggy and Josephine relatives and friends.

CHURCH NEWS: Confessions; Confessions in Nicker Church every Saturday Night at 6pm. Mass cards & Prayer to St Peregrine; Mass Cards and Mass Bouquets are available in both sacristies. The prayer to St Peregrine, the Patron Saint for people with cancer, is also available St Joseph’s Carmelite Mondastery; The Carmelite Sisters in Tallow, Co Waterford, will have a Monastic Weekend from 22nd to 24th March for single women who may feel called to religious life. Ring 058-56205 or email, see their website

LOCAL ATHLETES: Only two runners took part in the Hurley Hoey 10K in Doora Bearfield GAA Ennis last. with over 1.100 runners and 900 walkers the start was severely congested. It was not possible to pass for the first 1 km. Declan O Connor was 29th in 39.24 and Denis 52nd in 42.09. There was a novel element to the event with a special prize to GAA clubs of three runners or more. The best three aggregate scores were taken into account and with one more from Pallasgreen the club would not have been far away from claiming top spot. On St. Patrick’s Day there is a 10K in Croom and there is big preparation for the Friends of Limerick 5k run and walk in Knockane on Saturday 27th April

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: Pallasgreen/Templebraden Friends of Lourdes will hold their annual Church gate collection on weekend 23rd-24th March at all Masses.

CASHEL AND EMLY DRAW: Congratulations to Joanie Franklin of Mountsion who won a trip for two to Lourdes in the two monthly draw held recently

BARNA NATIONAL SCHOOL: Enrolments are now being taken for September 2013. Forms are available at the school or contact at 061-384481 or the website at

GARRYDOOLIS NATIONAL SCHOOL: Application forms for new entrants to Garrydoolis N.S. for the school year 2013/2014 are available in the school or may be downloaded from the school’s website.

Nicker NS: An enrolment evening for Junior Infant parents will take place at 8pm on Wednesday, 20th March in Nicker NS. For more information telephone (061) 384761.

SARSFIELD LADIES TABLE QUIZ: Sarsfield Ladies Gaelic Football Club: will hold a table quiz on Saturday 23rd March in Aherns Bar, Kilteely at 9pm. €20 per team of 4. There will also be a raffle on the night. All support will be greatly appreciated. Adult training every Wednesday in Kilteely GAA pitch at 7pm. New players always welcome

CAPPAMORE ESTATES: Cappamore Estates Committee - would like to thank you greatly for the support you gave at the time of selling raffle tickets for our Bric a Brac which was held Sunday 3rd March. We have reached our target n shall start our landscaping job in the very near future. Many thanks again for your support.

ST PATRICKS’S PLAYERS CLOVERFIELD: ‘Who said that wemon have no power in the church’’..If you want the answer to this question come to The Teach Cloverfield on St. Patrick’s Night for St. Patrick’s Players performance of Moll by J.B. Keane at 8.30p.m. The play will also be performed in The Teach on Friday March 22nd and in Pallasgreen on Sunday March 24th at 8.30p.m. Other dates announced later

MURROE-BOHER CAMOGIE: Murroe/Boher Camogie Club are collecting bags of used clothing as a Feile na ngael fundraiser. We accept Men’s, Women’s, Children’s Clothing, paired shoes, belts, handbags, bed linen and paired curtains. Our collection dates are Saturday 23rd March, Saturday 6th April and Saturday 20th April in the GAA Clubhouse, Murroe from 7pm to 7.45pm and The Community Hall in Boher from 8pm to 8.45pm. This is a great opportunity to clear the wardrobes and also help the local Camogie Club. Spread the word. Any queries contact Geraldine on 087-6722055. We will also be holding our annual Table-Quiz on Friday the 22nd March in Crokers, Murroe at 8pm. €20 per table of 4. Raffle and music afterwards. All support appreciated.


O’Dwyer’s Bar Golf Society held their first outing of the 2013 year at Nenagh Golf Club last Saturday morning. In a Team of 3 event fist place went to; Mike Barry, Philip Cosgrave and Tom O’Dea. Nearest to Pin was Joe Franklin and Longest Drive winner was Captain Joe Heelan. Next outing is Saturday April 13th at Castletroy Golf Club.


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Pallasgreen GAA Lotto

No winner March 4th Lotto. Numbers drawn were; .; Lucky dip winners; Martin Franklin, Mike O’Brien, Helen Gleeson, Margaret O’Dea, Mary O’Connor

Tickets are €2 each and be obtained from any shop, public house, post office and John Harty Butcher shop


GAA Lotto Draw –March 4thth Draw;

No Winner. Numbers drawn:

Lucky Dip Winners; Larry O’Grady, John Gavin, The O’Sullivan Family, James Cranley. Sellers Prize; Larry O’Grady