Ahane G.A.A. Club Notes:

Senior Hurling East Championship:

Ahane 1-9 Doon 1-18

This was worthwhile exercise for the first game of the year against a full strength Doon outfit. Ahane showed tremendous commitment to the cause from start to finish but it was always going to be difficult to get the better of a much sharper Doon side. In spite of the result, Ahane can take many positives from their first run out of the season. Some tremendous individual displays combined with a disciplined work ethic all over the field bodes well for the months ahead. Cappamore are up next and will give the new management another chance to see their charges in competitive action. Team lined out as follows 1.J Hayes 2. M Foley 3. J Enright 4. C Barry 5. S Power 6. D Morrissey 7. W Shanahan 8. A Hackett 9. G Ahern 10. P Minehan 11. D Laing 12. M O Halloran 13. K Enright 14. N Moran and 15. T Doheny.

Subs used were A O Brien for J Hayes, M Hayes for M Foley,C Carroll for T Doheny,C O Mara for G Ahern, P O Halloran for M O Halloran.

Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake:

Ahane and our canine representative Bentekes Bocko got off to a proverbial flyer at a packed Limerick Greyhound Stadium last Saturday night winning in a very fast time of 28.61.

Bocko broke like lightning from Trap 4 and never relinquished his lead and goes forward to the next round next Saturday night the 18th. We urge as many supporters as possible to attend from 7.46pm. Speaking to the winning trainer Pat Buckley afterwards, Bocko’s handler was bullish about our chances of winning the badly needed €10,000.

“Bocko is a very quick dog but had a small setback before Christmas. I expect him to come out of the race well and improve again.”

We urge as many people as possible to attend the next round next Saturday Night as Bocko strives to earn us some hard got cash.

Complimentary tickets available from Herberts Bar,Shannon Stores and D Gill Club PRO on 087 8393200 .Come on the Bocko,the spuds are boilin!

U21 Hurling:

The U21s under Messrs Moran and Carey are next out of the traps against Adare next Friday March 17th (St Patricks Day) at 12pm in Rhebogue. Best of luck to the lads. Again we reiterate the unsuitability of the timing of this fixture as many supporters will be attending the St Patricks Day Parade in the village at the same time.

Scór:

Our senior scór participants opened their account last weekend with an emphatic winning performance and go forward to represent Limerick in the Munster Finals at Cappamore on Saturday April 8th at 6pm in Rince Foirne and Ceol

Well done to Carol Condon, Tracy Hartigan, Joanne & Jennifer Hourigan, Siobhan & Maeve O Reilly, Elaine O Keefe and Niamh Foley in the dancing and to dual stars Tracy Hartigan, Jennifer Hourigan Maeve O Reilly in the music also along with Seamus & Gearoid Harnett in the Music. Let’s all get behind our very talented fellow club members on the night as they endeavour to bring home Munster honours to Ahane!

Bord na nOg:

All younger girls and boys in the parish born in 2011 and 2012 are invited to become Spud-Ogs and join the Ahane U6 hurling & football squad for the 2017 season!

Limerick senior player Dan Morrissey recently visited all 3 schools in the parish and presented each Junior Infants class with a replica Spud-Og to be used as a class mascot and invited everyone to join the Ahane U6 hurling team. Training starts next Tuesday 21st March at Lisnagry NS School Hall from 5.45-6.45pm. Contact D Gill PRO at 087-8393200 for further details.

2017 Club Lotto and Finance:

The intrepid 2017 Club Lotto collectors are still knocking on doors cajoling the good and generous people of the parish of Ahane-Castleconnell -Montpellier to join or rejoin the Club Lotto. Again the club is planning vital infrastructural improvements this year to benefit every member of the community with a number of exciting new fundraisers already ready to rock. But in order to keep the day to day running of the club going Lotto funds are required .We thank you all for your continued support.

Clubhouse:

The clubhouse Bar is rocking once more and is open as always from 9pm every Thursday and Sunday night and every second Friday. For all weddings, funerals, christenings, birthdays, communions, confirmations, divorce, anniversary and bar mitzvah parties bookings please contact Louis Quirke at any time day or night on 087 2594997.

Pitch Booking:

Please contact Finbar McCarthy Grounds Committee Chairman ASAP on 087 7631819 to book pitch space for the 2017 playing season.

Irish Language Classes:

Ahane GAA continue to host a series of Irish Language classes in the clubhouse starting Saturday March 4th with Maura Tierney.

Attendance is free and is funded by Ahane GAA and grant assistance from Glor Na nGael.

Beidh fáilte roimh cách agus seo an plan.

Dé Sathairn Mí Márts 18: 4.30-5.30

Dé Máirt Mí Márta 21: 7.00-8.00

Dé Sathairn Mí Márta 25: 4.30-5.30

Irish Language Summer Course Scholarship:

A full scholarship is available to any secondary school student who is an active member of Ahane GAA Club through Coiste Chontae Luimnigh. The scholarship applies to residential colleges only in West Kerry, West Cork and Waterford. Application forms available from any member of the Senior Committee or D Gill PRO at 087 8393200. Forms should be completed and returned before 31st March. Priority will be given to first time applicants.

Junior Footballers:

The first fixture of the year will take place on Saturday March 18th at Newgarden v Newcastle West. Let’s hope the West Limerick men drowned the shamrock in good quantities the day before and our boys can get their season off to a winning start. For further info please contact Jimmy “Willie Joe” Feerick.

Well Done:

Well done to Dan Morrissey who had a very solid outing at wing back against Laois in Division 1B of the National hurling league scoring a lovely point from distance.