The fairytale that has been Limerick Senior hurlers and the joy and pleasure they have given to all hurling supporters for the last 18months has come to an end for now. Following defeat to Kilkenny in the All Ireland semi final in Croke Park on Sunday, we now regroup and savour the elation of the All Ireland win on August 19th 2018. Huge thanks to John Kiely and his selectors and the team and panel over the championships of 2018 and 2019, with our locals Richie McCarthy and Jimmy Quilty Snr playing vital roles in the All Ireland win. All in Limerick are devastated, no more so than the team and management who put in such work and dedication. They end competition for the year as Munster champions and Division 1 league champions and were All Ireland and Fenway champions in 2018. Best wishes for 2020.

Hard luck also to the Minor hurlers and management who also suffered defeat in the All Ireland semi final on Sunday ending a fine run, well done to Jimmy Quilty Jnr who played a fine match scoring 2 lovely points from the half back position. The Minor hurlers are also Munster champions and we hope they will celebrate and enjoy this trophy, doesn’t come along every day and should be savoured.

We also congratulate the Limerick County Board including Hugh Murphy Limerick PRO and Scoil Pol’s Sean O’Donnell and his team of statisticians on the fine performance of the Limerick teams and local bus company Griffins Coaches for transporting our fine teams.

Limerick teams who did well this weekend included the Limerick u15 football team team including Killian Aherne who beat Roscommon in the Dermot Early Cup semi-final , the camogie U15 team who won the Division 2 All Ireland blitz , including locals Maggie English and Ciara O’Riordan. Best wishes to the Senior camogie team including Katie Hennessey in the championship quarter final on Saturday 3rd August in Thurles at 17.30. Losses however for the Ladies footballers V Sligo.

Well done to the Premier Intermediate team who won the South championship semi final v Dromin Athlacca on a scoreline of 1 16 to 0 17 on Thursday last. On Friday the Junior B hurlers also played Dromin Athlacca in the South Championship and won on a scoreline of 2 20 to 1 11.

We now turn our attention to the Premier Intermediate Championship with upcoming matches V Bruff and Cappamore in the next few weeks. Please see facebook or papers for fixtures for the Junior B hurlers.

There was no winner of the lotto held on July 24th. The numbers drawn were 10 15 16 18. The €40 lucky dip went to Marie Cleary, West End, Promotor Centra.

The €20 lucky dips went to Dean Murchan, Treada Na Ri, promotor Brian Carey, David Crowe, Treada Na Ri, Promotor Neilus Hennessy, Amanda O’Dea, Mountain View, promotor Breda Walsh, Mike Heffernan, Main St, Promotor John Walsh.

On Wednesday 31st July the lotto will be in McCarthy’s Bar for a jackpot of €6,650.

Congratulations to Aine Carroll who won €3000 in the Limerick GAA Development draw. Congratulations also to JP and Noreen McManus and family on securing the Ryder Cup for Adare Manor in 2016. This is fantastic news for the Limerick and Munster area.

Well done to the Blackrock players who fundraised recently to help in the medical assistance of a Sarsfield’s player in Cork, a former club mate of Gavin O’Loughlin who became ill in Boston, best wishes to Paul Leopold for a full recovery.