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First Silverware of 2018!

Limerick won the 2018 Co Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League in January. Despite the unavailability of the Na Piarsaigh players and injuries to some key personnel, Limerick went through the campaign unbeaten. Let’s hope this success is an early sign of great days ahead!

Due to an injury to Declan Hannon, Paul Browne captained the side in the final and as a result the man from Bruff had the honour of raising the cup.

The Cup-Winning Run
In Mallow, Limerick 2-23, Cork* 1-21 (*2017 winners)
At the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 3-19, Kerry 1-15
At the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 0-16, Clare 0-10 (MSHL Final)

GAA 5 Star Centre

Recognition as a GAA 5 Star Centre is awarded to Primary Schools that undertake to deliver a programme of Gaelic Games activity that is age-appropriate and meets the developmental needs of children within the school. In order to receive recognition as a GAA 5 Star Centre a Primary School must provide for the flexible delivery of the following activities over the course of a school-year:

Have a Ball
GAA Fun & Run
GAA Catch & Kick
Go Games Skills Challenges
GAA Go Games
GAA Camán and Play
Further information is available at: http://learning.gaa.ie/5star

Mahoonagh NS win Celtic Image Shield

It was a fantastic first term both on and off the pitch for Mahoonagh National School, but the cherry on the cake was the performance of our all- conquering Girls Football Team when they captured the Celtic Image Shield (County Football Championship), beating East Limerick champions Scoil an Spioraid Naomh of Roxborough in a pulsating semi final, and later defeating the City champions Milford NS in a gruellingly tough title decider. It was end- to- end stuff and a mile- a- minute, but in the end the sheer determination, work ethic and physical fitness of our girls saw Mahoonagh NS emerge as winners by two goals, 5-3 to 3-3. Captain Lucy O’Brien accepted the Celtic Image County Championship Division 1 Shield from Brother James Dormer. This is a fantastic achievement for this group of girls and the school, and indeed for their coaches Noel Guina and Ms. Kennedy, winning West and County Division 1 Titles. The girls had captured the West Championship by defeating Dromcollogher NS, Foynes NS and Broadford NS before overcoming Killoughteen NS in the West Final. It is also a testament to the work being done in the local club, and all of this is of great benefit to the girls. 18 girls played in the Football competitions this year. A massive well done to all involved.

St Nessan’s NS are County Football champions!

The first county title of the 2017-2018 Allianz Cumann na mBunscol football season was decided in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale when St Nessan’s NS, Mungret captured the County Football Shield. Played in constant rain, all four teams showed how they had won the right to take their place in the County stages. Doon CBS, holders of the Limerick Leader Cup for hurling, represented East Limerick. They met St Nessan’s NS in the semi final and it was a titanic struggle. St Nessan’s qualified for the final, pipping the East Limerick champions by a two point margin. Final score St Nessan’s NS 2-6: Doon CBS 1-7.

In the other semi final, St Patrick’s NS from Bruree enjoyed a comfortable victory over 2016 champions St Mary’s BNS from Abbeyfeale, running out winners by 4-4 to 0-3. The stage was set for a classic final and the spectators were not disappointed as both teams made light of the conditions to serve up some sparkling fare. It was the City champions who emerged victorious after a sporting contest. St Nessan’s were pushed all the way by a determined and skilful Bruree outfit and edged the issue by a two point margin. Final score: St Nessan’s NS 1-6: St Patrick’s NS, Bruree 1-4.

After the game, Brother James Dormer of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Luimnigh presented the County Shield to a delighted St Nessan’s NS captain Diarmuid Hynes. Brother Dormer praised the quality of football on display and complimented all four schools, their teachers, coaches and parents. He thanked Limerick County Board GAA for the use of Mick Neville Park and Games Manager Noel Hartigan for his help in organising the fixtures.

West Limerick win Larkin Shield

The Larkin Shield Final of 2017 was played under floodlights in the Gaelic Grounds. West Limerick, captained by Lucy O Brien of Mahoonagh NS, emerged as winners after a thrilling contest with East Limerick. The semi finals were played in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale.

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