ADARE GAA CLUB NOTES
Lotto & Fundraiser:
The Friday 27th August Lotto draw numbers were: 5, 11, 25, 33. There was no winner which raises the Jackpot to €8,800. Remember you can now complete our weekly lotto online, Google ’Adare GAA Smart lotto’. Congratulations to the Monthly Members Draw winners, €100 Pat Murphy (Graigue), €150 John O’Connell (Castleroberts) and €250 Denis Murphy. The next draw takes place Friday 3rd September at 9:30pm. Thank you for your continued support and we wish you the very best of luck. The winner of our Senior Hurlers All-Ireland draw for 2 All-Ireland tickets was Sarah O’Sullivan and the winner of the €250 from the prediction quiz for the final was Gerry Clifford of Adare. Well done to you both and a big thank you from our hurlers to all who participated.
Congrats & best wishes:
Huge congrats to Ronan, Dec, Timmy and the entire Limerick set up on their All-Ireland win. Declan now joins Christy Ring as the only man to lift Liam McCarthy three times, a massive achievement which the club is extremely proud of.
Congrats to our senior footballers as they won against Na Piarsaigh last Saturday evening on a score-line of 1-13 to 0-6. We wish them the very best as they now prepare for the quarter final, TBC.
We want to wish our Senior Hurling team the very best in the first round of the County Championship on Friday 3rd Sept against Monaleen in the LIT Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm. Tickets will be availa-ble to purchase online during the coming week.
Best of luck also to our Junior Footballers in the Co. Junior Football Championship-v- Camogue Rov-ers in Kilbreedy at 6.45p.m, Monday 6th Sept. Tickets will be also available to purchase online during coming week.
(Adare GAA & BNG):
Adare GAA was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our clubman and current Club Senior Hurling selector Pádraic Kearney shortly after the All-Ireland final on Sunday of last week. He repre-sented Adare GAA at all levels since he began in 1985 with the under 12’s and Limerick underage up to Minor. He joined the Adare Senior panel in 1992 and retired in 2006 with two County Champion-ship Medals. Since then he worked with many a team in the BNG and has been selector of the Adare Senior hurlers for the last three years. Pádraic epitomised all good things Adare. A loyal authentic genuine humble man. The club would like to send our deepest sympathy to all his family, friends and neighbours. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. A big thank you to all who contributed immensely to Pádraics send off on Thursday last. A fitting tribute it was. Ar dheis Dé go rabid a anam dílis.
(Adare Camogie club):
Pádraic epitomised all that is great in the GAA. As a player he was a giant on the pitch and a gentle giant off the pitch, he was a loving father, brother, son.
As a father of 4 with the perfect pair of daughters & sons, Pádraic made sure to give both genders every opportunity to participate in sport. He instilled his love of the sport to his children, players, parents and mentors alike. As an Adare Camogie Committee member and manager he mentored the underage camogie teams and was at every committee meeting.
During Adare’s efforts, spearheaded by the Junior manager, to reinstate an adult team back in the club, Pádraic was a great source of encouragement & advice. He supported and lived up to the
20×20 #cantseeitcantbeit campaign and the Kearney family were one of our greatest supporters on the sideline.
Make no mistake, it often wasn’t pretty from the sideline – Adare were a Junior B side, after a four year hiatus & with an eclectic mix of 17-36year olds and were struggling for numbers but what they lacked in experience they more than made up for in spirit. Pádraic, Aoiffe and the kids were a fantas-tic support for the team and the words of encouragement & advice from Pádraic was always appre-ciated.
The Kearney family have been a great source of encouragement every season since, as Adare have kept the team together, gaining in strength as younger players come through. An apology from the family for missing Adare’s Junior Semi Final last year because one of their daughters had an under-age game epitomises their continued support and commitment to the club and the encouragement of girls in sport.
Pádraic left this world way too soon. The outpouring of love and support across the parish was a tribute and testimony to the character that was Pádraic. It felt a fitting tribute that the local GAA, LGFA and Camogie Clubs donned his beloved Adare Red & Black jersey and lined the streets of Adare and his native Knockanes, as Pádraic made his journey to his final resting place – this time we were on the sidelines supporting Pádraic.
One thing for sure, Pádraic might be in his final resting place all too soon but he lives on in his beau-tiful young children. His spirit has been instilled in generations of players across both genders for years to come.
We hope that Aoife & the kids, his mother Mary, brothers Noel, Colm and the wider Kearney & Coughlan family take comfort in knowing that Pádraic touched the lives of so many and will never be forgotten.
Ar dheis de go raibh a aimn
(LGFA Adare Chairperson):
“For me personally Padraic was a very interesting man with a diverse range of interests. Would often meet him at the end of a training session with a Hurley in one hand and a child in the other. Always good for a chat about sport, family, drumming and bands as well as gate making. He loved all pas-sionately and was dedicated to his family in particular. His unique style of telling stories about wed-ding gigs were most memorable. We all will miss him and will do our best for him and Aoiffe in sup-porting the girls in football.”