Mungret/St Paul’s GAA Club Notes:

Limerick Players:
We would like to wish our County hurlers the best of Luck this weekend as they play in their final days of matches on Saturday 26 August. The U-16s which have James Flemming on their panel play in Cork, the U-15s who have Rory Gleeson, Killian Begley, Rory O’Callaghan and Oisin Donnolly on their panel play in Tipperary while the U-14s who have Ruairi Dwane playing in Offaly.

Realtal All Stars:
We have completed a very successful second year coaching children with additional needs. OUr season was much enhanced by the availability of the ball wall area.
We are all very grateful to our group of willing volunteers who give of their precious time so generously.
*Calling Coaches*
If you are over 16 and either garda vetted or can apply for vetting please join our group helping to coach boy and girls with additional needs for the coming season. Please contact Margaret on 087-6483156

U16 Camogie:
Well done to our U16s on another great performance last Tuesday night, this time against Ahane Camogie Club away. Another 2 points on the board! Next up we play St Ailbes. Captain: Jayne Casey Ref: Morgan O’Sullivan Full time score: Mungret 5:12 (27) Ahane 1:6 (9) Keep up the great work girls!

U-15 Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls had both teams out again on Monday 14 August 2023 in the U-15 group matches. It was the last round for the Division 1 team with the result making no change to the position on the table while our Division 3 team played in the second last of their games.
The Division 1 team were out the road in the neighbours pitch when they played Ballybrown who were ready to give a strong fight as always to us. It took a few wide shots before Mungret St. Pauls started to produce scores but Ballybrown were ready to reply with their first goal. It only took a few minutes for Mungret St. Pauls to produce their own goal this was followed with another round of goals to both sides and with a few points each the sides were level by the half time whistle, 2-4 each.
The second half saw the breeze favour the hosts and they made use of it as they hit scores from all over the pitch. Mungret St. Pauls only managed four points while Ballybrown were in scoring form hitting over 8 points which saw them lead for the second half and take the win.
The Division 1 team have placed in the Shield semi finals with Doon, Monaleen and Ballybrown which will take place in early September.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-8 Ballybrown 2-12
Our Division 3 hurlers played hosts to Cappamore who made their presence known on the pitch as they drove the ball up the pitch to get in their scores. The Mungret St. Pauls players put in a great amount of work as they scored three great goals against a strong defensive line, they also split the uprights seven times but it was Cappamore who were the stronger team and with a laps of concentration they skimmed six goals past us.
There is still another game for this team when they play Coshlea Gaels away on the 28 August.
Mungret St. Pauls 3-7 Cappamore 6-8

U-19 Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 1-13 Monaleen 4-18
It was a perfect setting on Tuesday 15 August 2023 when Mungret St. Pauls played Monaleen in Claughaun in the Premier U-19 Hurling Final. Having only played one round match against Na Piarsaigh this was only the second match this team played this year.
Monaleen opened the score with a hard shot to the net, Mungret St. Pauls matched most of Monaleens points with one or two extra scores going over the bar slowly extending their lead. It was very unfortunate for Mungret St. Pauls when they were reduced to 14 men near the end of the first half, with this distraction Monaleen hit their second goal. Half time came with Mungret St. Pauls 0-6 Monaleen 2-10.
A lot of work to do in the second half and Mungret St. Pauls kept the ball moving but so did Monaleen as they equalled all our points, bettering one score with their third goal before a penalty for Mungret St. Pauls saw our chance to up the score but it was saved with Mungret St. Pauls hovering around the goals the ball was passed around before it eventually hit the net giving us our only goal of the game. There were a few more exchanges of points and the last score of the match came from Monaleen in their last goal of the game to confirm their convincing win of the County Championship.
Team; Conor Crowley, Conor Collins, Jason Hassett, Robert O’Brien, David Guilfoyle, Cian Moloney, Tom Lloyd, Diarmuid Hynes, Shane Heffernan, John Wright, Fintan Fitzgerald, Sean Duff, Darragh Hogan, Mark O’Brien, Luke Walsh, Rian Murphy, Jack Stake, Brian Hassett, Evan McInerney, Jack Horgan, Conor Morgan, Muiris Aherne, Liam Moran, Christopher McSweeney, Liam Scully, Ben O’Hagan, Rory Mullins, James Fleming, Conor Mangan, Eoin O’Hagan.
Management; Denis Moloney, Patrick Begley, Declan Browne, Conor O’Brien, John Horgan, Killian Stockil.

U-17 Hurling:
Mungret St. Pauls 1-23 Cappamore 1-13
On Wednesday 16 August 2023 in Mungret Cappamore came to play our U-17 Division 2 hurlers. This was a good match for our players. Mungret St. Pauls built up a substantial lead in the first half after a good run of scored for us went with little reply from Cappamore. First half score was 1-13 to 0-5.
The second half was where Cappamore got more scores past us but it was not enough to rattle our players as we continued to score in blocks, this was enough to keep Cappamore away.
This was only the third game for this team, they still have another three to play as they stay in third position on the table. The next match is on 30 August.

U-13 Hurling:
It was the perfect evening on Thursday 17 August 2023, for two matches in the U-13 hurling age group. Our Division 1 team were away to Granagh Ballingarry where there were bodies left all over the pitch in this very evenly matched game, both sides gave a fantastic showcase of their hurling skills. The only agreeable result from this game was a draw as both teams of players put everything they had into the game. It was unfortunate for Granagh Ballingarry when they were forced to make a substitution after one of their players injured himself in a fall. We hope the player makes a quick recovery. Mungret St. Pauls kept their supporters on gasp alert as they tried so many times to hit the net but it was not until the last puck of the ball that they eventually leveled the game with their second goal, the first coming from a free which was struck with such conviction it nearly went through the net.
The result from this match decided who played the third and fouth placed teams, Granagh Ballingarry finished one point more the Mungret St. Pauls so play Kileedy Tournafulla and Mungret St. Pauls play near neighbours Kildimo Pallaskenry in the Cup Semi Finals.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-10 Granagh Ballingarry 2-10

The Division 3 team were playing in the Shield Semi Final against Belville Gaels in Feenagh. It was a slow starting game with Mungret St. Pauls getting in an early point to Belville Gaels three but it did not take long for the opposition to settle into the game as they took charge of scoring. Our young players were out done on the day but as this is a development team they did very well to get into a semi final coming forth in their group with majority of our players being a year younger than the teams they are playing. This is looking very promising for next year as they will be on the age playing their own age group. Well done to all our players, while this result was not what you were looking for you achieved a lot in all the games you have played this year.

Intermediate Football:
Mungret St. Pauls 1-11 Rathkeale 0-10
It was a dry Saturday evening 19 August in Adare when Rathkeale played Mungret St. Pauls in the Intermediate Football third round game. This was a cat and mouse game as both sides swooped scores throughout, the only thing separating them was an early goal from Mungret St. Pauls that Rathkeale could not match. Half time was 1-5 to 0-5. The second half was much the same as each side matched the points the other side got. It was right up to the last minute where Rathkeale kept putting pressure on our backs and try as they might , they never got to get a ball past our goalie.
This is a third win for the Intermediate footballers as they hold top place on the group. The have another match on Wednesday before there is a small break .

Junior A Football:
Mungret St. Pauls 4-9 Adare 1-6
It was summer weather in Clarina for the Intermediate Football on Sunday 20 August 2023 as the goals were plenty and there was some lovely play on the pitch.
Mungret St. Pauls were playing up the hill and into a breeze in the first half but it looked like it did not trouble them as they kept slightly ahead of Adares scores. There were goals either end of the first half which is what Mungret St. Pauls needed to keep Adare at arms length and hold their lead tight.
The second half, Mungret St. Pauls reopened the game with a ball shot into the back of the Adare net which drove on our players although it was Mungret St. Pauls who had majority of the play through out the game, there were a few times Adare put in a hard attack and received a point from their play. Adare also received a penalty which ended up hitting the cross bar this was followed up with Adares only goal of the game which came just starting into the last quarter of the match which normally boasts on the team but the only reply was a fourth goal for Mungret St. Pauls which sealed the score, any additional scores were bonuses as the eased a way to a third win. The next match is against second on the table Castletown Ballyagran who are also on a run of wins in the championship.