Staker Wallace G.A.A. Club Notes:
Lotto results, no winner of the Jackpot, Abbie McCarthy had the lucky chance but it was not to be as Abbie drew the 4 of hearts. Lucky dips were then drawn out for Liam Barrrett, Paddy Carroll, Pat Lyons Snr and Bernard Leahy. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,600 and the draw will take place in Bulgaden Castle next Monday night at 9pm.
Cois Laoi Gaels:
U14’s Feile Match:
This year’s U14’s have a lot to live up to after last year’s huge success (more of that later) however this team won County medals last year as U13’s and hopefully they will be good enough to give us another good run in this competition. Their campaign started off last Sunday at home in Kilbreedy, where they faced Patrickswell. Having an opponent of this calibre this early in the season must have been daunting to young minds. But the lads from Cois Laoi Gaels headed out to the pitch with heads held high, confident in their own worth. They had a right to be, the first half saw us playing with the advantage of a stiff breeze and we started to dominate the game early, racking up good scores along the way to leave the score at 3.07 to 0.5 at half time. In the second half, and with the advantage now firmly in Patrickswell’s court, the opposition battled hard, and the rained lashed down on both teams. However despite a physical match, we managed to hold our own, and the match was won in 3.09 to 2.07. This brought loud cheers from the impressively large crowd of parents, club supporters and committee who had turned out in force, it looked more like a cup final than a first round. The boys are lucky to have such great support, and I am sure that helped them to drive on during the match.
This long awaited night, took place last Friday 10th March. Staker Wallace, it’s Bord na nOg and their counterparts in Effin and Blackrock GAA, made this a very special night for last year’s Ballyhoura Gaels U14’s team. Ballyhoura Gaels are an amalgamation of the three clubs. The hall was looking extra special, a new stage had been constructed and everything was perfect on the night. The teams arrived first and were whisked upstairs for hot food, before the arrival of their special guests. First through the door were the players, Nicki Quaid, Ritchie McCarthy, Gavin O’Mahony, James Ryan and Dermot McCarthy, closely followed by outstanding hurler Henry Shefflin, and our own J.P. McManus, and members of the Limerick County Board including Secretary Mike O’Riordan. After introductions and a chat Henry Shefflin addressed the lads and their mentors, and gave an amusing and informative talk, followed by a quick questions and answers session. Meanwhile down in the hall, the audience was gathering and people were delighted when the team came downstairs and walked into the hall accompanied by accomplished piper Tommy Carroll, playing a rousing tune. The team carried their Feile banner, and the trophies they secured in the County Final, the U15’s County Final whose players also shared their night, and the Dr. Birch All Ireland Feile Cup. This was met with huge applause. The team were then seated at the side of the stage, from where they were called up alphabetically by our host for the evening the hugely entertaining and knowledgeable Matt O’Callaghan. Matt brought each of the boys onto the stage, said a few words about them and Henry Shefflin presented each one with a beautiful framed photo and their medals. Presentations followed for the mentors, and Club Chairmans, and to Sandra, representing Moyle Rovers who hosted our team so well during the final weekend. A very nice touch came when team captain Fergal O’Connor presented Henry Shefflin with a lovely engraved pen to show the teams appreciation.
Hot food and sandwiches, teas and coffee, followed the speeches. There was time too, for photographs and autographs with the County players, and it truly was a very special night. It was a huge endeavour for all those involved, but special mention must be made of Winnie Crowley and Teresa Kelly for the bulk of the planning and to Billy O’Connor for organising the hall. Conal Kelly for the food. The Governor of Limerick Prison for his sponsorship, Ian’s Trust for sponsoring jerseys. Matt O’Callaghan for being MC, Tommy Carroll for the music. Joe, Tadgh, Denis, and Jimmy team mentors. Our really special guests for of course making it so very special! Many more people, helped out generally, cleaned, moved furniture, collected things, took photos, and I know I will forget someone, but it really was a huge community effort to have everything done for the night and have it all run so smoothly. Thanks to all of course who turned out and made it a special night for our youngsters. Most importantly thank you to them, to the bunch of lads who made us all so very very proud of them in early summer last year!
St. Patrick’s Day:
On behalf of the club, we would like to wish everyone a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Con and Annie Kirby Stake:
Sadly it was not to be this year our Greyhound Malico Champ was knocked out of the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Stake in the first round. Our runner got into heaps of trouble in a messy start to heat 6, and couldn’t recover from there. Commiserations to connections. Good Luck to the other clubs still involved. However lots of exciting things are still left to come, during the Stake for GAA supporters to get involved with They include this weekend’s banner parade, and the long puck competition which we are particularly looking forward to. As we have lots of keen young hurlers up for the challenge.