Welcome to the July edition of the Na Piarsaigh GAA & Camogie Newsletter.
It has been a trying year so far but thankfully we now have full pitches again after a long layoff.
Despite the green light given, we must not drop our guard and keep following all the required protocols issued by the HSE and the GAA.
While we sat at home our pitches were being maintained weekly and as you may have witnessed, they are now in great condition.
A big thank you must go to Timmy O Connor, Danny Halpin, Michael Ryan, John Cully, Jim O Sullivan and Fergal Quinn and Tom Quinn.
Limerick Senior Hurlers
As the Limerick senior hurlers prepare for this Sundays Munster Final we would like to wish all the Na Piarsaigh lads well. Here is hoping that Will, Peter, Conor, Jerome and Adrian can add another success to the collection. Unfortunately a set back rules out Mike Casey and David Dempsey but nevertheless we are proud of all of them.
Limerick Minor Hurlers
The Limerick minor hurlers finally put the long wait to an end when they faced Galway in the 2020 All Ireland semi final.
Unfortunately Limerick failed to reproduce the form that saw them crowned Munster Champions 12 months previous and were always chasing the game. A spirited second half comeback brought them to within a point of Galway but the final 10 minutes belonged to Galway who scored 3-4 to advance to the final. Vince Harrington started at full back that night with Dylan Lynch and John Fitzgerald amongst the substitutes. Well done lads we are so proud of you.
Limerick Senior Footballers
The Limerick senior footballers also had a good year with promotion in the league and a fine win over Waterford in the Munster Championship. Last Saturday they faced Cork in the Munster semi final in the Gaelic Grounds and in spite of some very good football played they were outgunned by the rebels. Our own Gordon Brown making the number 7 jersey his own with some very good performances., We now look forward to seeing Gordon in the Na Piarsaigh colours in the weeks ahead.
Limerick Under 20 Footballers
The Limerick under 20 footballers unfortunately fell at the first hurdle when losing out to Tipperary on a 0-16 to 1-10 score line. We had 3 representatives in the shape of Jack Barry, Ian Leonard and Sean Hartney. We congratulate them and also look forward to having them back in blue.
On the club front we have seen action in all age groups.
Saturday mornings have been going very well since they we have returned to Play on 26th April.
Saturday 3rd of July was our last Saturday morning until our proposed first Saturday back date of August 28th.
Hopefully from then we will have a clear run at things with no interruptions.
Numbers per team are strong with the Under 6’s having approx. 60 most weeks.
Under 7’s are around 40 and they are focusing on the key learning skills of striking on the ground, rising the ball and striking from hand. This is coupled with a continued strong focus on Fundamental Movement Skills and Fun activity.
Under 8’s are an age group that have been badly effected by Covid as they missed a lot of time as Under 7’s and are playing catch up. They have only managed about 2 matches as a team as so far this year they haven’t been allowed play matches.
The adult players involvement with these 2 age groups is crucial as they are really helping the coaches with the basics of the game- hurley position, etc.
Under 9’s have been lucky as it is a ‘championship’ age group and they have been allowed play matches. Already they have played against Murroe and Adare.
Numbers in this age group are strong with 45 listed and an average of 35 at most training sessions.
Under 10’s continue to progress well also and have over 35 registered players.
Micheal and a strong team of coaches are doing a great job with this crew. They had Alan Dempsey coaching them but he has moved to the 17’s. We just need to ensure Micheal is happy with some replacements.
Even with Covid restrictions, Saturday mornings have been great fun and a great release from the strains of life at present.
I would like to thank coaches, parents, Covid officers and the club alike for making this such a success.
This is an age group that has a league structure.
They have played Monaleen and Ballybrown so far and are due to play Murroe next week.
Unfortunately, they underperformed against a very strong Monaleen team but recovered very well to have some great victories against Ballybrown.
Numbers are continuing to improve in this age group, which now has almost 35 players including 4 new starters from Ballinacurra.
Evan Gilvarry and Katie Campbell have joined up as coaches of this team and are really making a difference. It is amazing to see the kids reaction to them as coaches
Again, it’s difficult here for the coaches as they haven’t been allowed play challenge matches as it’s not a championship age group.
Their numbers are around 28. Martin however has done a great job in keeping this going as it’s an age group that thrives on matches.
Martin and Cathal Minihane have got together and played some internal matches and it’s been great learnings for both teams.
Also, I have been liaising with Martin, Mary Hassett and other local clubs to develop a league style system to get proper matches going. The other teams involved are Adare, Mungret, Monaleen and possibly Ahane.
This group is gaining momentum and it was brilliant to see them winning their first ‘proper’ championship match against Mungret in wet conditions last Thursday week.
A strong challenge awaits them on Sunday evening against Monaleen.
Unfortunately, like the U12’s they haven’t had the opportunity to play matches.
Since Mike and Peter Casey got involved with them, they have had no championship match with Under 13 being cancelled last year and no 14’s competitive matches this year.
We are working on a plan for some style of tournament in the near future.
This team has 2 championship matches played.
It was very difficult in the first match against Murroe as they had no opportunity to play a challenge match before this.
If a few things had gone their way, they could have driven on and won it but unfortunately they lost by 4 points.
They had a good outing last Monday night beating Killeedy/Tournafulla by 3-13 to 3 points.
The next 3 matches will make or break their season. Monaleen, Bruff and Doon await.
The 3 fancied teams in this age group.
This team played the plate final of last year’s 16’s competition against Mungret a few weeks ago.
They lost this by a few points. However, they played a very experimental team to reward effort from lads that had being training hard and to give them a chance to prove themselves.
The first round of the 17’s championship starts on 22nd July. This is against Mungret again so hopefully we will overcome them this time!
They have a very competitive internal match last night with the 19’s and the coaches were delighted to get this match into the players.
I don’t think I even have to say what a success this has been. The first few weeks were such a success, we had to split the group in 2.
If you haven’t seen it yet it’s worth going for a look at it when it returns on Thursday evenings.
Fair due to Tom Cronin for the work and energy he brings to this!
From a parental feedback and positivity viewpoint, it is the number 1 talking point amongst parents of younger children. Many other clubs have been in touch asking about this. Let’s keep driving this initiative as it will continue to add to our membership base and really paints the club in a positive, fun fashion.
This season brought about the Return of Monday night football.
Ciaran McHugh came in as Underage Football coaching officer and brought a number of people together and a full structure to underage football in our club.
It’s lovely to watch this on a Monday night and see the football skills developing amongst the kids.
Teams have played some matches so far. Not all with success. But watching Ciaran and the coaches putting a structure and training plan together, I have no doubt that this will follow.
Let’s continue to work together to drive this forward.
Summer Camp 2021
The numbers alone show the success of the camp.
Approximately 135 did the first week and 165 did the 2nd week.
I think the focus of the camp is for the kids to have fun, ‘connect’ more with the club and gain more friends within their team. This coupled with improving their hurling and movement skills really does make the camp a Must Do activity on the Summer calendar and makes one wonder should we do a 3 day Easter camp.
To watch some kids on teams that wouldn’t know each other properly have fun together and get to know each other better is super!!
Well done to Frank, Sarah, Michelle, Grainne and the parents who attended for working together on this.
And also to the Will Henn, Evan Gilvarry and their team of coaches. The kids present really enjoyed having young teenagers coaching them. They enjoy the fun from these teenagers and in turn learn a lot from them.
Transition Year Program
This is a programme that should be developed and driven. 16 students took part in this and had about 10 different modules from a young whistler programme to the Foundation Course to S&C advice and a nutrition programme.
It’s a pity most of this was on Zoom but they managed to fit the practical part of this in 3 days in late June. The timing of this was very good as the skills they learned in this came into good effect for the Summer camp.
They all took part as coaches in the Summer camp and really enjoyed it. It is great to get these teenagers more involved in the club for the future.
A big thank you to Pat Gleeson for the course design and to Fergal Brosnan and Declan Benson for coordinating the programme.
The weekly lotto draw continues each Monday night under the guidance of Donie O Gorman and his crew. Our current jackpot stands at €6800.
You can get your ticket on www.clubforce.com at €2 each or 3 for €5
The draws for this years championships in hurling and football were made.
Our senior hurlers are in a group with Kilmallock and Ballybrown with top team in a semi Final and second in a quarter final.
The Intermediates also have Kilmallock along with Effin.
Senior Footballers are in with Adare and Oola and the Junior Footballers have Ballybricken and Bruree.
New Outside Bar Facilities
Our new outside bar facilities are now up and running.
The past two weekends have seen some fine numbers call down and use our premises and catch the live sport on our big screen.
A big thank you to all our volunteers who have produced a marvellous asset for us to use.
Mille buiochas to Joe Heaney who was Project Leader along with Mike Casey Snr and jnr, Mick Bob The Builder Carroll, Tom Dee, Bernie and Mark Buckley, PRO Derek Giltenan and the project engineer Emmet Beston.
The camogie club are going from strength to strength with more and more girls being chosen to County panels at the various age groups.
Sinead McNamara and Laura O Neill represent us on the Limerick Senior Camogie team and Niamh Tuite and Enya Harrington on the Junior panel.
The Limerick minor camogie side are going great guns with no fewer than five Na Piarsaigh players amongst the squad namely Lizanna Boylan, Aine O Tiarnaigh, Eva Long, Orla Hickey and Sarah O Keefe.
The under 16 squad includes Niamh Skehan, Trudy O Loughlin and Jane Meaney and the under 14’s includes Lucy Murray, Caitlin Ryan, Anna Rose Benson and Kate Grant.
It is wonderful to see so many Na Piarsaigh players going so well.
Our Rounders club have currently got a membership of in excess of 30 players with teams in mens, womens and mixed groups.
Under the leadership of Miriam Kearns they continue to build and improve and recently returned from Dublin with games against St Finians.
Finally I ask you all to spare a thought during your busy lives for all the friends and loved ones we have lost in the past year and a half pre covid.
Our club will be a different place without the many members, family and friends we have lost.
You are all in our thought and prayers daily