We have come to a close on this years Con and Annie Kirby Memorial Stake for 2022. Mungret St. Pauls would like to Thank the Limerick Greyhound Stadium for hosting this fantastic event each year, to Limerick GAA for being on board and organising the event in the background. A special Thank you to Noreen and JP McManus who sponsor the whole event in memory of Noreens parents.
We had a great dog, Ballinabola Ed run for our club. This dog is owned by Brendan Murphy and is trained by Pat Buckley. We are thrilled with Ballinabola Ed for getting himself into the top three places in each of the qualifying rounds leading into the final. While he ran a good race in the final he had a little wobble early in the race and was unable to regain a good place coming in forth. While he may not have won he still brought E1000 to the club for getting into the final.
Thank you to all the club members who attended each night to get behind Ballinabola Ed, we look forward to next years fun.
On Monday April 18th the Munster GAA Under 20 Football Championship played a Semi-Final against Cork where they unfortunately took a heavy defeat. We had Daragh Bridgeman, Oisin Moss and James Killian on the panel.
On Tuesday April 19th the Munster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Round 3 against Kerry was played in Kilmallock. This was a one sided game with Limerick taking a great win, well done to players Fintan Fitzgerald, Cian Moloney and John Wright and to manager Kevin O’Hagan.
On Wednesday April 20th Munster GAA Under 20 Hurling Championship Round 3had a successful win over Cork giving them home advantage on the next game. Well done to players Barry Duff, Brian O’Meara and Liam Lynch and to manager Diarmuid Mullins.
On Thursday April 21st Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Round 2 Limerick overcame Clare in a great game of football. Well Done to Jake Foley, Diarmuid Hynes, Luke Walsh, Tom Lloyd and Ben Gallagher.
On Saturday April 23rd Celtic Challenge U-17 Limerick Sarsfields Round 3 against a stronger North Cork this ends their group games and brings them onto the All Ireland Quarter Finals. Well done to Mark O’Brien and Robert O’Brien.
The U-15 hurlers were also out on Saturday 23rd April against Wexford with Limerick taking the win. Well done to Conor Crowley who has the goalie jersey for this team.
Kerry Hurling overcame Carlow in a spectacular game. Well done to Kerry and most especially our own Niall Mulcahy scoring 1-2 and Louis Dee in goals.
Well done to Niamh Stackpoole, Anna Nealon, Anna Coughlan, Molly O Mahony and Caoimhe Hennessy who gave great performances with Limerick ladies football in Abbotstown on Saturday last. They played against Monaghan, Longford and Sligo and have now qualified for the All Ireland Series Quarter Final against Cavan.
Hard Luck to Emma O Rourke, Katie O Mahony and Jillian Buckley who unfortunately lost their Munster Championship match against Waterford with Limerick Ladies Football.
U11 & U12 Ladies footballers played their first blitzes of the year in Monaleen. Training continues for the girls on Saturday mornings at 10am for U6 and U8, 11am for U10 and 12pm for U12, New players always welcome!
Well done to our U11s Tuesday 19 April 2022. Not one of our toughest assignments but you can only play what’s in front of you. Great work by all our players.
A huge thank you to Kyle Harte and Barry Keane for volunteering to play with Hospital so that we didn’t need to have as many subs.
Mungret St. Pauls had a busy but successful Thursday 21 April 2022. The weather was ideal for both our U-13 football teams as they both travelled to their matches. Our Division 1 team played Fr. Caseys in Abbeyfeale with just the 15 players each player put everything they had into the game. The first half Mungret St. Pauls were playing catch up with Fr. Caseys taking the first score in a goal, they went in four points down at half time but regrouped and hit back on the score board as they took over the second half with the players settling well into the game. Final score U-13 Division 1 team 5-5 Fr. Casey’s 2-4.
At the same time our Division 3 team which is mainly our U-12 players had one sub to help give players a little break through the game, while they were in Askeaton . The opposition was tough but our players got stuck in and gave a splendid performance of football for their delighted supporters. There were some brilliant passages of play where the man in the better position was used to take the ball forward. While scores did not come easy they were well earned. Final score Division 3 team 1-11 Askeaton, Ballysteen, Kilcornan 2-4
Mungret St. Pauls 2-12 Na Piarsaigh 2-8
In Mungret on Thursday 21 April 2022 our Limerick Motor Centre sponsored Intermediate Football team welcomed Na Piarsaigh in their second match, having taken a loss in the first round against Monaleen it was nice to get a win in the sunshine. Mungret St. Pauls had some tough plays but pushed through and kept the ball moving with the aim to get the score in and this they did. With both sides netting 2 balls each it was the points that separated the two sides and Mungret St. Pauls were the higher scorers by the final whistle. With St. Patricks pulling out of the group there is only one more match for the Intermediate footballers against Claughaun who are just above us on the board on scoring difference which would mean a win would leave us in second place. This match will take place in three more weeks.
Mungret St. Pauls 0-17 South Liberties 2-13
On Friday 22 April 2022 in Mungret our Junior Hurlers took on South Liberties. The visitors had a three point lead before we replied and levelled the game and matched the next few scores as well. We held a two point lead but not for long as South Liberties struck a goal before the break to take back the lead. The second half saw us chasing South Liberties again and with a second goal from South Liberties we were seven points behind. Mungret St. Pauls kept fighting and managed to scrape back to a point behind but one final point from South Liberties left us two points behind by the final whistle. They are next out against Murroe Boher this weekend.
Well done to our U-7 footballers who played in a home blitz on Sunday 23 April 2022, they are showing great improvement in each match they play, keep up the great work players.
Mungret St. Pauls 3-11 Galtee Gaels 2-15
On a lovely sunny evening in Kilbehenny on Sunday 24 April 2022 our Junior hurlers took to the field against Galtee Gales. This was a high scoring game with both sides trying everything to put scores on the board. By the final whistle Mungret St. Pauls were just one point behind. This team only have one more game to play against Galbally on May 15th.