St Patricks Aug 17

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY MAURA: Maura Hayes, nee Costello, Sacristan of St Patrick’s Church, celebrated her 70 birthday last Friday night. The party took place in St Patrick’s GAA club house, where over 80 guests (made up of family members and friends), held a large gathering, and it turned out to be a really great night of celebration for all

HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY MAURA: Maura Hayes, nee Costello, Sacristan of St Patrick’s Church, celebrated her 70 birthday last Friday night. The party took place in St Patrick’s GAA club house, where over 80 guests (made up of family members and friends), held a large gathering, and it turned out to be a really great night of celebration for all

Maura has been the sole Sacristan for many years, but she now has, for the past ten years, the welcome assistance of her beloved husband Michael Hayes who joined her as another caretaker for God’s House, after his early retirement, and the two of them since then have proved themselves to be a great team. They are very helpful to all, especially at weddings, baptisms, funerals etc. They are both Ministers of the Eucharist, and readers, and are very well known throughout the parish.

Many members of Maura’s family attended on the night, including her brothers, Michael, Tommy, and Geoffrey Costello, accompanied by their wives, Ester, Marie, and Sally, and also her only sister Ann Hayes and her husband Pat, and many of their family’s children and grand-children also, together with in-laws, and cousins also, including Sr. Noelle.

Olly Byrne from the Fairgreen, provided all the wonderful lively music and songs of the night, and the floor was packed out with dancers all night long. Members of St. Brigid’s Active Retirement Club were all up doing some line dancing. One of the highlights of the night however, was an Irish dance performance by Maura’s nephew, Geoffrey Hayes, who is an Irish dancer in the European troupe of dancers who take part in the spectacular show titled ‘Lord of the Dance. Gerry Enright obliged with a bar or two of a song and did so very well, and Peggy Howard also sang some really lovely songs. Maura’s grand-nephews, Cian, Tadhg, and Diarmuid, entertained us with some lively hip-hop dancing. A very nice buffet meal was provided for all, by caterer Jackie Hanley, and afterwards the birthday cake with all candles ablaze, was ceremoniously carried over to Maura who did the honours of blowing them all out. Maura was full of joy and happiness as she, and Michael took centre stage for the last dance of the night, with all their guests and loved ones encircled around them for the singing of ‘happy birthday to you.’ It was a really enjoyable night and we, on behalf of St Patrick’s/St Brigid’s parish, wish Maura and Michael, continued happiness, good health, success and fruitfulness in all their ministries, for many more years to come, God willing.

CROSS CANCER RESEARCH RUGBY LEGENDS CHARITY CYCLE: A coffee morning/bake sale fundraiser will be held in St Brigid’s Hall, on Sunday next, August 18, (after 11.30am Mass). Some of our own young parishioners are to take part in this charity cycle around Ireland. Please come and support this very worthwhile charity, as there is hardly anyone here in this parish that has not been affected by cancer in one way or another; either in their own family circles, or in their friends and neighbour hood circles

PARISH OFFICE: located in the Sacristy of St Brigid’s Church. Tel O6I 319477, Email Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 10.15am until 1pm.

HOLY HOUR RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER: The Holy Hour with prayers for the intercession of St Padre Pio, will resume in St Brigids Church on the first Thursday in September, from 7pm until 8pm. All are welcome.

SUNDAY MASS TIMES: Vigil Mass is celebrated at 6pm in St Patrick’s Church, Clare St., every Saturday evening, and at 7pm also in St Brigid’s Church.

Sunday Mass in St Patrick’s Church is at 12.30pm, and at 11.30am in St Brigid’s Church. All are welcome.

MASS IN THE LATIN RITE: is celebrated every Sunday morning at 10.30am in St Patrick’s Church, by a Priest from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priests. Confession is available before the Mass, from 10am until 10.25am. All are welcome. For more information on the Latin Mass visit

ST PATRICK’S GAA: Junior Hurling: The third round of the city junior championship took place on Saturday night last, in Rathbane, against Patrickswell. Saints started slowly, and were 1-02 down after five minutes. They gradually worked their way back into the game, and at half time were down three points on a score line of 1-09 to 09. Playing with much more purpose in the second half, St Patrick’s limited their opponents to just three points, while tacking on 1-11 ourselves. It was a satisfactory result especially in the second half. The team and scorers were … Mark Kiely, Tony Quigley, Andrew Hannigan, Jim Hennigar, Mark Phelan, Wayne Cronin, Dara Cronin, Gearoid Phelan, Christy Reals, Mike Geary -02, Gearoid Hegarty -15, Niall Phelan -01, Brendan Mullins, Dave Geary -02, Keelan Stephenson 1-00. Subs used on the night were Jason Mullins and John Mullane and Dermot Phelan.

U 16 Football; St Patrick’s under 16 footballers qualified for the semi-final of the under 16 football championship when they drew 1-06 to 9 points against Newcastle West on Monday last.

U12 Hurling; Saint Patrick’s had a good victory over Mungret in the under 12 hurling especially when they had to draft some new players from the under 10 team, to replace some players who were on holiday. It was a very competitive game with the newly drafted young players rising to the occasion, and were victorious at the final whistle.

The under 12 hurlers travelled to Semple Stadium recently to take part in a hurling blitz. They played well in their three matches against Kildorrey of Cork , Kilshanning, and Tracton also from Cork. After the 3 matches the squad were given a tour of Semple stadium, by Tipperary player Brendan Maher. Many thanks to both Jack Greenwood and Adam O Regan who travelled with the squad to help out on the day.

U8 Hurling; On Friday evening the U8 hurlers took part in an u8 hurling blitz out in Murroe, Boher. The young hurlers acquitted themselves very well and represented their club with pride.

Cul Camp: The club’s cul camp started last Monday, August 12, at 10am in Rhebogue. The camp continued each day from 10a.m to 2.30pm, and was for both boys and girls, aged 6 to 13, covering both hurling and Gaelic Football.

GOOD LUCK: All in St Patrick’s would like to wish both the Limerick minor and senior hurlers, the very best of luck in Croke park next Sunday. It has been a brilliant year so far and hopefully we can march on to double All Ireland finals.