County Senior Hurling Champions 2015

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Under 11 Hurlers visit Cork

The U11 hurlers travelled to play Eire Og, Cork in Ovens last Saturday
and having won 3 out of the 4 matches played returned home very
satisfied. Na Piarsaigh stalwart, Damien Quigley was instrumental in
organising the invite and great hospitality was shown to us in Cork.
Some tremendous hurling on the day from the group of 24 players and
special mention must be made for Wayne Kearns and James Naughton who
were immense , Vince Harrington and Ben Sheehan on the day. There
were some brilliant points scored by Jim Beary and Killian McNamara
and in defence Cormac Benson ,Conor Hartney and Conor Hourigan were
excellent. Our two camogie players, Aine O’Tiarnaigh & Sarah Stanley
showed they are more than capable of mixing it with the boys and James
Finn on his first outing with the 11’s showed great potential. Liam
Talbot is turning in some great displays in goals and Adam Jordan,
Andrew Stack, Josh Smith and James Linnane worked tirelessly over the
afternoon. Jack Wall, Shane Downey, Matthew McGann & Jake Walsh all
gave everything and the O’Tiarnaigh brothers, John & Gerard were
excellent on the day.

Eire Og and Na Piarsaigh at this age group are very closely matched
and we look forward to many more tussles over the years to come.

County Final beckons for the Senior Hurlers

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Our senior hurlers qualified for their 4th County Senior Hurling Championship in 5 years when they saw off the challenge of current Champions Kilmallock in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
Following last years disappointment the lads were determined to get off to a better start and they duly obliged.
Some excellent scores from County minor Peter Casey,Adrian Breen and Shane Dowling had us in front early as we led 5 points to 1 . However the concession of soft frees brought Kilmallock back into the game.
Once again we extended our lead with some very good points from midfield pairing Will O Donoghue and Alan Dempsey along with continued accuracy fro Shane Dowling to lead at the break 0.12 to 0.7.
On the change of ends and with the aid of the breeze we added a further point but within 3 minutes Kilmallock raised a green flag to make it 0-13 to 1-8.
This spurred the lads into life and some excellent points from Alan Dempsey, Peter Casey, Will O Donoghue and Adrian Breen stretched our lead out to 0-19 to 1-9.
The final ten minutes saw a late fight back from the Champions and deep into stoppage time they got their second goal.
This left the minimum between the teams and with a missed 65 their final chance it was game over and a County berth secured.
A good workmanlike performance with plenty of room for improvement.
Best for Na Piarsaigh were Michael and Peter Casey, Cathal King, Alan Dempsey and Adrian Breen.
Team: Podge Kennedy, Michael Casey, Kieran Breen, Kieran Kennedy, Mike Foley, Ronan Lynch, Cathal King, Alan Dempsey(0-3), William O Donoghue(0-2), David Dempsey, David Breen, Adrian Breen(0-3), Peter Casey(0-5), Shane Dowling(0-7f), Kevin Ryan. Subs: David Sheppard.
Final Score: Na Piarsaigh 0-20 Kilmallock 2-13

Senior Footballers come up just short!

Our Senior Footballers played their final group game of the County Senior Football Championship on Wednesday night in Clarina when they took on fellow dual senior club Adare.
We began the game in the knowledge that nothing short of victory would suffice and the lads delivered on that.
Goals in either half from Dylan Cronin gave us a well deserved victory to put us on 6 points in the group.
However it was Fr Caseys of Abbeyfeale who also finished on 6 points, who held a slight scoring advantage over us and thus deprived us of the 3rd spot we so craved.
Final score on the night Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Adare 1-7.
A mighty effort from the lads in their first year back in the senior ranks and no doubt will have learned some valuable lessons throughout the season to carry forward.
A huge thank you to the management and players for a very good season which still has a League final to run

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