MUNGRET ST. PAUL’S GAA CLUB NOTES
GREAT LIMERICK RUN
Thank you very much to all our helpers for the Great Limerick Run, we
really appreciate the time you put into the day. We have been
receiving enquiries about our own 10K which normally takes place in
May, we have not confirmed a date yet but we hope to host it in
September. We will let you know in the coming weeks.
Mungret St. Pauls 2-23 Newcastle West 1-10
The U-16 Hurlers traveled to Newcastle West on Monday 29 April where
Mungret St. Pauls played a very strong game and had a convincing win.
They take a break until their next match against Doon on Monday 1
Mungret St. Pauls 1-13 Grannagh Ballingarry 3-3
On a sunny Tuesday evening 30 April in Mungret our Junior Camogie
players welcomed Grannagh Ballingarry to the pitch. This was a game
where the great skill from both sides shone, the Grannagh Ballingarry
goalie was not letting anything past her which did not stop Mungret
St. Pauls from trying their best to get as many goals as possible past
Mungret St. Pauls lead the whole match, they had 2 points collected
before Grannagh Ballingarry scored from a free. Mungret St. Pauls then
added on another 3 points with the away teams goalie denying Mungret
St. Pauls attacks on the goal line. Grannagh Ballingarrys next point
came from their second placed ball. Before the half time whistle
Mungret St. Pauls added on 2 more points while Grannagh Ballingarry
signed off the half with a strong goal.
The second half Mungret St. Pauls put the pressure on again. They had
2 points on and with a lot of force on the backs Mungret St. Pauls
eventually broke through to score their goal. With fresh legs on the
pitch Mungret St. Pauls continued to score. The play went to the
Mungret St. Pauls backs and Grannagh Ballingarry tried every angle but
the Mungret St. Pauls backs held them off. The Grannagh Ballingarry
goalie struck again and shot down another challenge on the goals by
Mungret St. Pauls, they sent the ball to the other end of the pitch
and scored their second goal. It was a point a piece, then Mungret St.
Pauls scored their last point before Grannagh Ballingarry finished off
the game with their final goal.
Photos available on our facebook page
Mungret St. Pauls 6-16 Kilmallock 2-3
In Kilmallock on Wednesday 1 May the U-14 hurlers played a skilful
game as they kept the pressure on the Kilmallock players all over the
field. They took their score at each chance they could while leading
the whole game they were confident winners by the final whistle. They
next play Na Piarasigh who they lost to at the Feile Semi final.
JUVENILE MEDAL PRESENTATION
In Mungret St. Pauls clubhouse on Thursday 2 May we welcomed the U-13
and U-15 Football, U-14, U-15 and U-16 hurling teams to the clubhouse
along with special guest for the night, 9 time all Ireland winner and
Kilkenny hurler Tommy Walsh, representing Bord na nOg was Mary
Hassett. The night ran very well, in Tommy’s speech he mentioned the
upcoming exams and how a GAA player should approach them, he said that
most parents would tell you to cut back on the sport and do more study
“ I say NO”, balance them out, stay doing both, use your sport to take
a break from studying. The top quote on the night- GAA is like a
wardrobe, whatever you put into it you get back out of it.
Tommy also advised the players to practice what your good at, don’t
admire the guy who is able to take frees and try be like him, you may
not be a free taker but a great player who can catch the high ball,
practice catching the high ball and you can lay if off to another
player, the game is a team sport and is best when made of different
skills. The club presented Tommy with various gifts; he was presented
with Cobi club clothing items, a gift suggested by Pa O’Brien, a bag
of sliotars for the team Tommy coaches in Kilkenny and as Tommy enjoys
a cup of tea a hand crafted tea cosy. The medals were presented and
the night finished off with a question and answers before the tea and
coffee was served.
We would like to thank everyone on the committee for organizing this
event and for everyone who attended on the night.
Photos available on our website
The 3rd of May 2019 will be a sad day in our clubs history as we heard
of the sad passing of our Vice President and former Chairman of our
club, Raymond O’Hagan. A true gentleman in everyway. Raymond was a
leader in many ways as he made improvements to all aspects of GAA and
school that he became involved in. A person who when he got involved
in something he became totally commitment, always mentoring, coaching
and improving right up to his last day. His biggest contribution has
to be his loving family who are still very active and involved in the
Raymond would call himself a ‘poor player’ only starting at the age of
14 with a club called Eire Og in Antrim, where he hailed from, his
love for GAA was bred in him from both his parents, this passion,
especially for football kept him involved in the sport. He went on to
qualify as a national school teacher in 1955 and got involved in
various roles in the school leagues. With his great interest in GAA he
helped to found a new club called St. Theresa’s in Antrim in 1963,
Raymond was very proud in 2012 when he brought the Mungret St. Pauls
U-13 hurlers at the time to St. Theresa’s GAA club.This to Raymond was
a great honor to bring his past and present clubs together. While in
Antrim he became Vice chairman of the Antrim County Hurling board.
In 1974 Raymond moved to Limerick and in 1976 become the principal of
St. Nessans school with only 143 students he went on to build up a
great school to what we see today, one of many changes he put in place
in St. Nessans school came from his passion of swimming, he believed
all children before they finished in the school should be able to
swim. He also believed they should all leard to sew, explaining he was
preparing them to become surgeons. When Raymond retired from St.
Nessans he was replaced by another great man and his friend, the late
Mungret St. Pauls GAA club were soon to see a change as Raymond got
asked to come on board and help out in the club by John O’Grady. He
helped to revive Camogie in the club for a short while in the late
He accidentally became involved in the Limerick Senior Football in the
1980’s, he was asked to become a selector but the manager became
injured and Raymond stepped in. The Limerick Football team were very
strong and successful under his reign. Not stopping at the Limerick
Football team Raymond went on to bring changes to the Munster Council
that are still in place today.
Raymond was one of the driving forces behind many changes to the club
for the better in his various roles in the club. He was Chairman in
1994 and Secretary in 1988 and 1998.
We would like to acknowledge Raymond’s family, his wife, Anne and
children Deirdre, Bronagh, Maeve, Pearse, Kevin, Eamonn and Eoin. who
have been a source of great support for Raymond in his endevours
throughout his active years. Thank you Raymond the community is a
better place because of your impact in it. We greatly appreciated.
Well done to all the players who get the honor to play in the green
and white jersey in Hurling, Football, Ladies Football and Camogie. We
are delighted to have 4 players play on the U-14 Limerick hurling
team. They were out on Saturday 4 May in Thurles against Tipperary and
Waterford, they were Fintan Fitzgerald, Marcus Lyons, Robert O’Brien
and John Wright.
The U12 Camogie team took part in their second blitz of the year today
in Na Piarsaigh. After tough conditions in the aftermath of Storm
Hannah last week the girls performed brilliantly in the sunshine today
winning all three matches. The effort, commitment, and skill they
showed was exceptional. One more blitz to go before start of the