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AT LAST!

As we go to press, the second edition of At Last - Limerick’s Long Wait is Over has all but sold out.

On March 1st, 2019, there were still a few copies on sale in O’Mahony’s, Eason’s (City Centre and Crescent Shopping Centre), Talking Leaves (Castletroy Shopping Centre), Crescent Bookshop, Ann Lyons’ Shop (Abbeyfeale), Rankin’s (Adare) and Ó Gairbhí’s Newsagent/ Post Office (Rathkeale).

Online sales are being handled by www.elverys.ie (hardback edition) and www.omahonys.ie (softback edition). They will deliver books anywhere in Ireland for an extra €3 and €2.50 respectively - fantastic value ... while stocks last!

Cumann na mBunscol Luimnigh will supply Limerick primary schools and secondary schools with copies of AT LAST for their school and classroom libraries, at a very special rate (however, it must be emphasised that this special offer is for schools only).

For further information, contact your local Cumann na mBunscol officer or email: info@thegreenandwhite.com

Séamus Hickey Steps off the Stage

Séamus Hickey announced his retirement from intercounty hurling as 2018 drew to a close, bringing down the curtain on a distinguished career. Séamus first made the pages of The Green and White as a young player in the colours of Killlinure NS. He played in the Sarsfield Cup and Mackey Cup for East Limerick.

He earned his first Limerick jersey as a FOOTBALLER in the Primary Game of 2000. In those days, the Primary Game was a competitive 15-a-side game played before the Munster Senior Championship fixture. Limerick, led by Don Hanly of Ahalin NS, defeated a fancied Cork team and Séamus’s intercounty career was up and running. His performances on the Limerick team that reached the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final of 2005 marked him out as a star of the future and Joe McKenna called him onto the senior squad the following year. In 2007, Limerick reached the All-Ireland hurling final. Kilkenny proved too strong but Séamus was named as Young Hurler of the Year. Some tough times followed for Limerick hurling fans before Donal O Grady and John Allen led Limerick to a Munster title in 2013. Selfless as ever, Séamus played as half-forward that year, putting the needs of the team before his own preferences.

The following year, Limerick lost narrowly to Kilkenny in a tightly fought semi-final. On a rain-sodden day, Séamus gave his greatest display in the Limerick colours and was duly rewarded with an All-Star Award.

A further four years of disappointment and heartbreak followed before Séamus and Limerick finally captured the McCarthy Cup in 2018. It was a fitting end to a wonderful career. Séamus will be remembered for many qualities: his selfless devotion to the cause of Limerick hurling, his determination and passion, his skill and sportsmanship and, off the field, his unfailing courtesy and humility. It will be hard to replace him. All hurling fans wish Séamus a long and happy retirement.

Cumann na mBunscol National Awards 2019

No less than three Limerick schools - Kilbehenny NS, Ballybrown NS and Herbertstown NS - as well as Limerick’s Green & White Magazine were shortlisted for national awards at the Cumann na mBunscol Cornmarket National Awards (2019). Kilbehenny NS was nominated in the School of the Year category. Ballybrown NS was nominated in the INTO 150th Celebration category. Herbertstown NS was nominated in the Promotion of Gaelic Games and Culture category. The Green and White Magazine was nominated in the Best Publication category. The awards ceremony was held in the Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo, in March. Results and photographs from a very successful night for Limerick schools will feature in next term’s issue of The G&W.

Celtic Image Shield Goes East

Monday, November 11th 2018 started out as a nervous day for all of us. We set off for Rathkeale and as soon as we arrived we had our photo taken. We ran out onto the pitch in Neville Park to face Milford in the semi-final. They were very tough. Gemma got Roxborough on the scoreboard by scoring the first point of the match. We scored two more points fairly quickly after that. Milford came back into the match and levelled the score at three points each. At half-time the score was 0-4 all. It was all to play for in the second half. Every time Roxborough scored, Mlford matched it. It was 0-7 all with a few seconds to go. Fortunately, a point just before the final whistle gave Roxborough a place in the final. Even our principal, Mr. Leahy, jumped for joy!

After the game, Izzy needed a bandage for her finger but she insisted she could play in the final. When the big moment arrived, we ran out of the dressing room and onto the pitch after a motivational speech from our manager. Kilmallock were ready and so were we. Everyone got into their positions. We got the first score. In all, we scored a goal and two points in the first half. Kilmallock scored two points. It was all to play for. We tried desperately to maintain our lead but Kilmallock scored a goal and the game finished level. We would have to play extra time.

The referee informed us that there would be ten minutes of extra time, five minutes a half. Kilmallock scored a goal almost straight away. We were facing an uphill battle. Going into the second five minutes, we thought the game was up for us. Rachel was winded and we thought that was it, our chance was gone. We managed to score a point but that wasn’t enough, we needed a goal. Our team never gave up. The ball was close to the Kilmallock goal when Rachel blasted it to the back of the net – a goal for Roxborough! The referee blew the final whistle. We were county champions! We were thrilled. It started to sink in the following day when a number of pizzas arrived in our school thanks to our Principal, Mr. Leahy.

Following the final, Izzy was out of action for four weeks due to a broken finger.

Monaleen NS Complete Allianz Cumann na mBunscol U13 Football Double

For only the second time in the history of Monaleen NS, we achieved the U13 Boys Gaelic football double by winning both the City and County titles in the same year. We were unbeaten in the City competition and topped our group. In the City semi-final, we faced our neighbours Milford NS before playing An Mhodhscoil in the final. The final, played in the Gaelic Grounds in difficult wet conditions, was a very competitive game. The first half was close. We led by one point at half-time but, thanks to two quick goals, we pulled away in the second-half. We are very grateful to the organising committee in Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh for running an excellent competition and to the Gaelic Grounds for hosting the City final.

There was no rest for our players following the City final as two days later, on November 8th, we played in the County Final in Rathkeale. The semi-final win over Lisnagry was the closest match of the campaign. The turning point was a brilliant penalty save by our super ‘keeper, Seán. We were behind at half-time but in the second half our defence was excellent and we kept our opponents scoreless. At the same time, we notched up a few scores ourselves and won by four points. In the final, we faced Bruree NS.

We saved our best performance of the season for that match. Our forwards played exceptionally well and got some great scores. Our captain, Cian, accepted the trophy from Noel Hartigan, Limerick GAA Games Development Officer. Cian thanked Bruree NS for a great game, our hosts in Rathkeale, our supporters, Allianz who sponsor Cumann na mBunscol, all our players and our coaches - including Mr. Rea, Mr.Flanagan and the resourceful Mr. Shire who managed to get every member of the panel game-time in both the City and the County finals.

Cian & Anton.

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