MATT WHELAN IS HONOURED FOR HIS LIFELONG SERVICE TO GAA: Cummann na Sean Ghaeil Luimneach Thoir, in Association with St. Ailbe’s Credit Union Ltd. Is honouring Matt Whelan for his lifelong services to the Gaelic Athletic Association, at a presentation night which will be held in the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, on this Saturday, at 8.30pm. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
Matt Whelan is a most worthy recipient of the Cumann na Sean Ghaeil Luimneach Thoir award representing his club Ahane.
A member of An Garda Siochana, Matt was transferred to Castleconnell in 1966, where he immediately got involved in the local Ahane GAA Club as a player and administrator and served on the committee of the club in various capacities until 1999. He gave 33 years of dedicated service to the green and gold of Ahane. During those years he served as Chairman from 1987 to 1995, Secretary in 1970, Vice-Chairman from 1971 to 1975, Registrar in 1979, County Board Delegate from 1987 to 1997, East Board Delegate from 1979 to 1986, Football Trainer 1971 and Selector from 1972 to 1982 and Senior Hurling Selector in 1971. All of these positions he filled with distinction and was always most approachable and courteous in his dealings with club members and club officers throughout the county.
AHANE SENIOR CAMOGIE TEAM: The senior camogie team had an excellent start to their season with a league win over Adare at the Adare pitch on Sunday last. There were some outstanding performances on the Ahane side with the Mulcahy sisters of Niamh and Judith, Ann-Marie McGill, Niamh Power, Sarah Crotty, Margaret Hickey, Pauline McCarthy and Eilish Mackey all having outstanding games in a great team performance. Ahane had a number of debutants on the day with youngsters, Caoimhe Macken and Niamh Reynolds joined by Ann-Marie Ralph and Grace Twohig.
After a slow start by Ahane and conceding an early goal they began to find their feet with the backs coming to terms with their opponents. Meanwhile Niamh Mulcahy and Pauline McCarthy were scoring some great points with a goal from Margaret Hickey turning the tide in favour of Ahane, they were not about to concede their advantage. The crisp cool conditions and dry ground gave a sense of vibrancy and renewal on their first outing of the season; we are looking forward to their next outing in seven days in their next league match.
Team: Síle Moynihan, Elaine Ryan, Niamh Power, Ann-Marie Ralph, Eilish Mackey, Judith Mulcahy, Sarah Crotty (Capt.), Grace Twohig, Niamh Mulcahy, Pauline McCarthy, Ann-Marie McGill, Siobhan Butler, Catherine Clifford, Margaret Hickey, Sinéad O’Sullivan, Paula Cahill, Caoimhe Macken and Niamh Reynolds.
AHANE UNDERAGE CAMOGIE: The under age camogie is off to a busy start for 2013. While many of the efforts focus on preparations for the hosting of Féile na nGael, all of the other squads are already back in training. The U14 Féile squad returned to training in the week’s after Christmas and had their first match of the year when travelling to Ballinacurra for a friendly against Treaty Gaels. The match presented a great opportunity to both sets of players to clean off the cobwebs that have developed since their last competitive outings. For Ahane the panel included are: Emma Ridder, Ciara Macken, Aimee Tuohy, Aoife O’Halloran, Orla Twomey, Niamh O’Curry, Sine Hartigan, Sinead Callinan, Aisling Herbert, Aine Reynolds, Katie Molloy, Aisling Twomey, Emily Knapp, Ellen Minihan, Daena Ryan, Sinéad O’Curry, Ciara Greaney and Ailish Reynolds.
The Ahane under-12s are training on Wednesday nights from 6.00pm to 7.00pm, in St Vincent’s, Lisnagry. Under-14s are on Monday nights in Newport Hall, from 7.00pm to 8.00pm and the under-16s are training on Tuesday’s from 7.00pm to 8.00pm, in St Vincent’s, Lisnagry.
CASTLECONNELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The last talk of the season will take place in the Shannon Inn on Wednesday, 13th March at 8pm. Former District Judge, Mrs Mary Kotsonouris, will give a talk entitled “A look at the Development of the Irish District Court,” this will include the Dail Courts (Sinn Fein Courts) and their part in Limerick. All are welcome.
LEPRECHAUN GATHERING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT: “Join us in our World Record attempt at the most Leprechauns in one place. The venue: Castleconnell, at 1.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Arrive early and enjoy the Castleconnell St. Patrick’s Day Parade, after 11.30am Mass.”
THUMP BOXING EVERY THURSDAY EVENING: THUMP boxing for fitness in St Vincent’s Gym, in Annacotty every Thursday evening at 8.00pm. All fitness levels catered for. For more info contact John on 087-9115411.