Last Tuesday week marked a very special occasion for the club as we launched our Club Plan 2019-2021. The club was delighted to welcome our guest of honour, GAA President John Horan, to formally launch the plan. There were joyous scenes with huge crowds from the community with kids, parents, players, coaches, committee members, and supporters present. All the the kids and their coaches formed a gaurd of honour and John shook all their hands and he was very impressed and delighted to see so many kids turn out. We then had exhibition games involving the U6s, U8s, U10s, and U12s showcasing their skills. Club secretary Alan Sheerin acted as MC and welcomed everyone including dignatories from the club executive, county board, Munster council, and local elected representatives. First to speak was Richie O’Kelly-Croom GAA chairperson, followed by John Cregan-county board chairperson, Liam Lenihan-Munster council president, and finally John Horan. They each commended the club on their facilities development, and on the efforts of everyone to produce the club plan. Liam Lenihan spoke of the history of Croom GAA and its part in Limerick GAA down through the years. John Horan commended the work on the plan and the importance of keeping it a “living” document. He noted how he doesn’t perpare speeches when he attends clubs/GAA events, preferring to get a feel for each occasion or club when he is there. He complemented the club plan and in particular our facilities, the great turnout (especially the kids), but particulaly the atmosphere and enthusiasm he felt when he came and was confient that our plan would be a success. We wrapped up with food and refreshments for everyone and indeed the crowd stayed around long after, to chat and talk about the club plan and future. We would like to thank John Horan for coming from Dublin, and all visiting dignatories. Special thanks to everyone who worked so hard putting together the night especially Breda O’Dwyer, PJ O’Mahoney, Alan Sheerin, Richie O’Kelly, the committee, everyone who helped clean up, look after the food and refreshments, parents, kids, coaches, and supporters. The club plan consists of 6 focus areas: 1) Recruitment and retention, 2) Communications, 3) Fund raising and social events, 4) Schools link, 5) Coaching and Games, 6) Facilities. We hope anyone who is interested, would pick an area from the plan to get involved with. Please contact Alan or Richie, as we need people to step up to bring this plan to fruition. The future is bright. Croom Abu!
Croom GAA Annual Golf Classic:

We are holding our annual Golf Classic fundraiser on Friday July 5th in Adare. Tee times 8.30-9am, and from 12noon-5pm. €200/team or €50/player. This includes green fees, lunch, and goodie bag. Great prizes aswell as nearest the pin and longest drive. All are welcome. Contact Stephen Lucey 0879858726, Johnny Fitzgerald 0868078703, or Mickey Cahill 0851349959.
Intermediate Hurling:
Last Saturday we lost in the county league away to Bruff by 3.20 to 0.17. We started back training in the last couple of weeks after a Summer break and our preparations are geared towards round 3 of the championship against Na Piarsigh which is due to be played the weekend of August 8-11th. In the meantime we play Feoghanagh/Castlemahon in the county league on Tues July 2nd in Coolyroe at 7.45pm.
Minors: (upcoming fixtures)
Fri June 28th hurling home v Kilacolla Gaels
Fri July 5th football away v Kilacolla Gaels
Fri July 12th hurling away v Blackrock
Fri July 19th football home v Galtee Gaels
Fri July 26th football home v Coshlea Gaels (all games 7.30pm)
Please let management know if you are not available on any of these nights.
U16s: (upcoming fixtures)
Tues July 2nd hurling at home v Templeglantine
Mon July 8th football at home v Galtee Gaels
Mon July 15th hurling at home v St. Kierans
Mon July 22nd football away v Shannon Gaels
Mon July 29th hurling at home v Croagh/Kilfinny/Rathkeale (all games 7pm)
Please let management know if you are not available on any of these nights.
Last week we lost our final football championship match of the year away v Coshlea Gaels on a scoreline of 5.08 : 1.09. This Wednesday June 26th we play Newcastle West at home in hurling at 7pm.
Last Thursday our U12s lost in hurling away v Bruree by 2.12 to 1.02. We have a bye this week but trained last Tuesday for football.
We played Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue in a challenge on Monday evening as part of our preparation for the Colm O’Regan tournament in September. Best wishes to Cormac Clancy who broke his arm during the game last week. Hope you have a speedy recovery-from all your U10 team mates! Coaches will communicate details of the next blitz once they receive the information. Well done to Odhran Mangan who competed in the U12 community games Puc Fada in Mungret last Saturday. He didn’t qualify this year but came very close. Excellent effort young man, you have plenty of time!
Croom hosted a very successful blitz last Friday with ourselves, Fedamore and Dromin/Athlacca/Banogue (who brought 2 teams). We had a fantastic turnout with 20 players so we divided into 2 teams for the first 2 games, and then mixed the teams for the last game. We had 3 very competetive games and got on very well. The players showed great effort, and you could see them improving as the games went on. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was a great attendence of parents, families, and supporters. Thanks to PJ O’Mahony, Breda O’Dwyer, the coaches and all who helped out, setting up, and organising the blitz. There were refreshments for all and everyone went home with a smile on their face. Thanks to the clubs who attended and we look forward to playing them again. Next up is U8 Football training on Tuesday evening at 6.15pm in preparation for our U8 Football blitz on Friday 28th in Bruree at 6.45pm.
Football training this Thursday 27th from 6.15-7.15pm.
Lotto – Numbers drawn 10,22,31,32 .No jackpot winners. Lucky dips- Culhane &Co. C/o Tangneys, John O Farrell Carrigeen, John Cregan c/o Gerry English, Helen Corkery c/o Hogan’s , Ollie Cahill c/o John Cahill .Next weeks draw is on in Storans with a jackpot of €10,600 .Thanks to all those who support our draw and other fundraising efforts.