Limerick

Ladies football first came to Limerick in 1982. It began through the Community Games when “St Senans”, representing Limerick won silver medals at under 15. The following year a Ladies Football team was formed under the name of Macabar. The same year the following teams were formed; Mungret, Stakers, Ballyhahill, Ballygran and Caherconlish. A competition was run between the teams, which Macabar won in 1983/84. Ballygran won the next three years until Stakers representing south Limerick rested the cup from them in 1988. However, due to a number of difficulties there was no Ladies Football played in the county again. Amongest the difficulties were the fact that camogie and indeed soccer were long established in the county and had quite a stranglehold. Another disadvantage was the fact that each code had their own association and players were being asked to pay separate insurance and registration fees – unlike their male counterparts.

Officers County1982 – 1985

Chairman: Tom Madigan

Secretary: Bridget Biggane, Banogue Co Limerick

Ass Secretary: Maire Halvey, Dunvullen Lower, Caherconlish, Co Limerick

Treasurer: John Purcell, Parkview House, Caherconlish, Co Limerick

Committee: Denis Martin, Killmallock, Co Limerick

Liam Dundon, Mortgage, Askeaton, Co Limerick

Pat O’Sullivan, Foynes, Co Limerick

Dermot Kelliher, Ballyagran, Co Limerick

1991

Ladies football was revived in the county again in March 1991, and registered under ‘Limerick Ladies Football’. A County Board was formed with the following officers being elected:

President: Timmy Woulfe (Athea)

Chairman: Dermot Kelliher (Ballygran)

Vice Chairwoman: Margaret Carroll (Athea)

Secretary: Bridie O’Sullivan (Abbeyfeale)

Ass. Secretary: Anne Cahill (Mt Collins)

Treasurer: Norma O’Brien (Ballyhahill)

Registrar: Dennis Martin (Stakers)

PRO: Michael Hanly (Rathkeale)

Unfortunately Michael Hanly was unable to continue as PRO due to journalistic committments. Fortunately a more than capable successor in the shape of Timmy Woulfe was there to take over this very important job.

The following clubs affiliated in 1991, Athea, Abbeyfeale, Mt. Collins, Ballhahill, Mungret, Ballygran, Stakers and Kilteely.

A league and championship was run. In the league, Mungreat defeated Athea in the final on a scoreline of 2-5 to 0-5.

The same two teams contested the semi final of the Championship. This time however Athea turned the tables by the slightest of margins. In the final Athea overcame Ballygran by a comfortable margin in the end of 4-7 to 0-5.

Limerick also took part at inter-county level for the first time. The U-16 team went down heavily to well established Kerry. The junior team was also finding the going tough. The age old problem of the clash with the camogie was again evident. Indeed Limerick struggled with the league fixtures. In the Championship, Limerick went down heavily to a very fancied Clare who have gone places since then. The experience proved to be very difficult with players being asked to play top teams, without little more than knowing each others names, sometimes not even knowing that. However, at least it was a start and football was up and running, be it at a slow place. Later in the same year Limerick played Mayo in a B Championship. Again Limerick went down to a very strong team.

Later that year a competition was run for teams that were beaten in the first round of the championship. This was won by Stakers. In this as with other games throughout the year, it was not always possible to field full teams because of other sporting commitments. It is very unfortunate for the players that are involved in this situation. Its something that needs to be addressed as it places players under added and unfair pressures.

As this time in 1991, an U-16 blitz was boosted by the recently formed Club,

St. Nicholas. Athea won this.

This more or less concluded the year’s activities for 1991.

1992

In 1992 the County Board remained basically the same with the following exceptions:

Treasurer: Marie Culhane (Ballyhahill)

Registrar: Nicholas Lonegran (St Nicholas)

A Finance Committee was also formed and did trogan work through the year to offset the expenses of fulfilling a horrendous list of away fixtures, (a goal which was achieved). However, it proved a very difficult task, especially for such a new county to the inter-county set-up. The Finance Committee consisted of the following:

Chairperson: Massie Clifford

Committee: Vera O’Brien

Breda Guerin

Mona Dudley

Dermot Kelliher

Tom Madigan

Two new clubs were formed and affiliated, Glin and The Old Mill. This was to cancel the loss of two of the established clubs who eventually were unable to participate because of camogie commitments.

In the league it was again between Athea and Mungret. They reversed the results of the previous year. This time Athea won the league defeating Mungret. The Athea players were as follows:

Anne Cunningham Fionnula Dillane Eileen Hartnett

Mary Sheahan Niamh Hunt Colette Hunt

M Ahern Deirdre Dillane Kathleen Scanlon

Loretta Brouder Colleen Riedy Anne Marie Lillis

Elizabeth O’Sullivan Kathleen Shanahan Caroline Griffin

Sub: Grainne Hunt

In the Championhip, Mungret turned around the defeat and won a very exciting game.

A Junior Championship was also played, this included Glin, St Nicholas, and the Old Mill contested the final which St Nicholas won thereby denying the Old Mill a clean sweep. They had previously won the U-12, U-14 and U-16 defeating Athea in all the listed finals. The same two teams contested the minor final. The success of the Old Mill at these levels in their first year hopefully is a sign of better things to come in the county over the next couple of years. They also won the County Community Games beating St Senans.

At county level, Limerick meet with a bit more success. After completing the previously mentioned difficult list of fixtures, the junior team qualified for the play-offs of the national league. Unfortunately in the quarter final, a very much under strength team missing no less than 10 – 12 of the regulars for one reason or another, went down badly to Roscommon.

In the Championship they qualified to play in the semi-final, thanks to a very exciting win over Kerry in Athea. However, Waterford sorted things out in Mallow in the semi-final and were worthy winners on the score of 2-12 to 1-5. The panel of players were as follows:

Anne Cunningham Colette O’Grady Helen Kelly

Vera O’Brien Peggy Burke Ciara O’Sullivan

Triona Madigan Patricia O’Doherty (capt) Elizabeth Leonard

Maisie Clifford Laura Wall Orla Guerin

Deirdre Dillane Margaret Murphy Joanne Houlihan

Eileen Liston Colleen Reidy Cait O’Leary

Treacy Hadnett Ciara O’Mahony Marisa Wall

In the under age, Limerick were still finding the going tough and had to concede a ‘walkover’ to Waterford in the U-16. The minor team were well beaten by the same county in Mallow.

The AGM took place in December 1992 and the officers for the following year 1993, were elected.

President: Timmy Woulfe (Athea)

Chairman: Dermot Kelliher

Vice Chairwoman: Margaret Carroll (Athea)

Treasurer: Colette O’Grady (Mungret)

Ass. Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy (Mungret)

Secretary: Vera O’Brien (Mungret)

Ass. Secretary: Liz Leonard (Kilfinane)

Registrar: Nicholas Lonergan (St Nicholas)

A Development Committee was also formed and regional officers were appointed.

Lady Footballers Seek Males

Lady footballers all over the county are looking for men!! Preferably mature ones in the 30-50 year age bracket, though many of the girls fancy younger ones in other contexts. The mature ones should have a benign tolerance of girls in general and it would help if they had an interest in, or a background in sporting activities.

Least anybody think at this stage that here is someone with a sleazy agenda, let me hasten to add that the girls in question have only a platonic interest in the men they seek, and it would be better if it was reciprocated by the men. I refer to the need for a team of sporting gentlemen required to promote and sustain women’s football throughout the county. There are many outstanding women involved but it is a fact of life that the major coaching and refereeing jobs are played by men.

The reason for this is very simple, the history of women’s football in the county is so recent that there is no reservoir of ex-players out there to take on the responsibility.

So what is in it for the GAA. The lady footballers are the sisters or lady friends of GAA players; indeed the prospective mothers of future GAA players whom they would influence. Most of them are supporters of the various club and county teams, and games, frequently have to be rearranged to allow them support their favourite sides.

County Board

Limerick Ladies County Board is now in its third official year. It was first established in 1982 when structures were informal, to say the least. Since many of the players also played camogie, they objected to paying insurance on the double and this remained a bone of contention all the time. The first county champions were Magcobar (Foynes) and other prominent clubs were Stakers, Ballyagran, Mungret, Caherconlish.

But, once again thankfully, in Limerick it arose, phoenix-like from oblivion, now fully insured in 1991, to begin its torturous climb back to normality. Fortunately three of the old stalwarts, Dermot Kelleher (Ballyagran), Denis Martin (Stakers) and Tom Madigan (Shanagolden) lent their considerable weight to the wheel, as well as that outstanding sports person, Vera O’Brien (Mungret) and the association has prospered since.

The balance of power has changed considerably under the new regime. Ballyagran and Stakers fell out of existence and the struggle at the top, up to 1993 was between Athea and Mungret. Meanwhile Tipperary, the first All-Ireland winners went to the wall and a new club, St Nicholas, representing the joint parishes of Oola-Solshead emerged. The measure of their success is that they are now county league champions.

At national level Limerick has played below its full potential beccause of the minuscule pool of players available, the scarcity of mentors and the expense of travelling the length and breadth of the county.

Journeys

When I tell you that in the League campaign of 1992 we travelled to the following venues you will understand the problems:

Tinryland (Carlow) Ballylinan (Laois) Blessington (Wicklow)

Blanchardstown (Dublin) Clarinbridge (Galway) Westport (Mayo)

Padraig Pearses (Roscommon) with minor journeys to 2 or 3 Munster counties!!

The Department of Finance would benefit considerably from studying our costs management.

We did manage to qualify for the play of stages in the League of 1992, but I expect greater success will not be ours till we broaden our canvas to involve many more of the football areas in the county. It should be remembered as well that during the years in abeyance, some outstanding players were unavailable and were the proud holders of several All-Ireland Medals.

To achieve further progress in the code a Development Committee was formed this year, representative of the four divisions, and their first venture is to promote competition at Primary and Second Level schools. It is hoped the latter will get under-way next month with so far, seven colleges committed to participate and replies awaited from a number of others.

The lady footballers are understandably grateful to the GAA in general, for example the County Board for its unreserved co-operation, the clubs who make their pitches available and the referees, many of whom indulge in a pre-match crash-course on the rules. Joe Reddington, the county coach has introduced many an underage player to ladies football by his insistence on coaching the girls as well as the boys. These agencies, in their own way, are the life-blood of our brand of football, and will add further to their honours list. Surely the likes of Patricia Doherty (Rathkeale), Donna Rohan (Castleconnell), Orla Guerin (Oola), Liz Leonard (Kilfinane), Colleen Reidy (Athea), to mention just a few who are worthy of inclusion among the exhalted.

It is vital for the future prosperity of the GAA that ladies football and indeed Camogie for that matter co-exist within the club umbrella, until such time as each can look after its own.

County Board officials for 1993 are as follows:

Chairperson: Tom Madigan (Shanagolden)

Vice-Chair: Margaret Carroll (Athea)

Treasurer: Collette O’Grady (Mungret)

Ass. Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy (Mungret)

Ass Secretary &

Delegate to Munster

And Central Council: Liz Leonard (Kilfinane)

Registrar: Nicholas Lonergan (St Nicholas)

Kilfinane Ladies Football Club

Since the ladies football club commenced last April, there has been great commitment shown from the ladies. A total of 5 county titles were captured by these determined girls, winning U-12 County Final Championship, U-14 County Final Championship, Junior County Final League.

This junior team went up to Intermediate for the Championship and due to such interest we enlisted a novice team also. Intermediate County Final Championship Novice County Final Championship.

Also our U-16s won the final of St. Nicholas tournament.

Over this was a splendid year for the kiddies of Kilfinane and neighbouring parishes. This U-16 team, along with the U-18 team were narrowly beaten in the county semi-finals.

This was the first ever ladies football club to be developed in Kilfinane. A very fine first year they have had. Lets hope Kilfinane keeps going from strength to strength.

A very special thanks to all those involved in the running of the club, the trainors and the 93 girls who trained intensly for eight months. Congratulations to all those involved in Kilfinane Ladies Football Club.

Success and Best of Luck in the future.

Kilfinane Novice Team

John Leonard L Leslie K Heffernan

B O’Sullivan A Cleary Pat McNamara

M Carroll (Capt) P O’Brien D Cussen

M Fenton C Leane L Maloney

P Heffernan M O’Brien L Palmer

J English C Meaney F Hayes

V Meaney S Mortell A Carroll

M Heffernan

Inadequate Preparation

Ladies Football

It wasn’t a very auspicious year for the lady footballers at inter-county level. True, the junior defeated Clare (2-9 to 1-13) in the Gaelic Grounds but were without the backbone of that team when going under to Waterford in the next round.

Teams were fielded at U-14, 16 and minor also, but lost heavily mainly through lack of adequate preparation.

However, at club level a long list of fixtures was played out all all levels with some very exciting games and many talented young players coming through.

A significant breakthrough was achieved at schools level. The West Limerick Primary Schools Board organised the games in their division with an overwhelming response from all concerned. The Premier competition was won by Ballyhahill NS, their sister school, Loughill won the competition for the smaller schools.

In the post primary sector six schools entered with victory going to a very good Convent of Mercy, Abbeyfeale side.

The current year’s competitions at this level are already under way; this year with junior and senior competitions on the way, with the winners to represent the county at Munster championship level.

The various winners of county titles during 1994 with teams list follow hereunder:

Senior final

Mungret 1-6 Athea 0.6

Intermediate Final

Gerard Griffins 4-4 Drom Broadford 3-4

Novice Final

Glin 2-5 Askeaton 2-2

Junior Final

Ballyhahill 3-6 St Nicholas 1-4

Minor Final

Athea 4-8 Kilfinane 0-2

1993 Minor Final

Athea 2-7 St Nicholas 1-5

Under 16 Final

Kilfinane 4-5 Athea 3-4

Under 14 Final

Kilfinane 4-2 Ballyhahill 2-4

Under 12 Final

Ballyhahill 3-3 Eoin Ruas 0-2

Board Officers:

Chairman: Tom Madigan, Shanagolden

Secretary: Vera O’Brien, Mungret

PRO: Timmy Woulfe, Athea

Treasurer: Colette O’Grady, Mungret

Delegate to supporters Club: John O’Grady, Mungret

County Competitions 1995

Under 12 final Gerald Griffins v Eoin Ruas 3-03 – 0-02

Under 14 Final Gerald Griffins v Kilfinnane 2-04 – 4-02

Under 16 Final Kilfinnane v Athea/Old Mill 4-05 – 3-04

Minor Final Kilfinnane v Athea 0-02 – 4-08

Junior Novice Askeaton v Glin 2-02 – 2-05

Junior League Gerald Griffins

Junior Champ Final Gerald Griffins v St Nicholas

Intermediate Dromcollogher/Broadford v Gerald Griffins 3-04 – 4.04

Senior League Athea v Mungret

Senior Championship Athea v Mungret 0-06 – 1-06

Kilfinnane travelled to Killarney and participated in U-14 final

County Competitions 1995

Under 12 A Gerald Griffins v Glinn Winner GG

Under 12 B Athea v Old Mill Winner OM

Under 14 A Gerald Griffins v ?

Under 14 B Glinn v ?

Under 16 Kilfinnane

Minor Old Mill v Athea

Junior Novice Askeaton v Glin Winner Askeaton

Junior League Old Mill v Askeaton

Junior Championship Rathkeale v ?? Winner Rathkeale

Intermediate Drumcollogher

Senior League Mungret v Athea Winner Athea

Senior Championship Mungret v Athea Winner Athea

Under 14 Feille Gerald Griffins

Munster Championship 1995

Under 14 Limerick v Clare Ballyhahill 10-06 95

Under 16 Clare v Limerick Lissycasey

Minor Limerick v Waterford w/o Given by Limerick

Junior Limerick v Tipperary w/o given by Tipperary

Athea played in Munster Club 1995

Limerick Ladies Football

1995 was not an auspicious year for Ladies football within the county. Lack of management personnel seems to be a major problem – even in post primary schools where boys sporting interests traditionally held sway, it is proving very diffcicult to find time and people who can afford to cater for the added responsibilities of girls football.

Even so, both senior and junior competitions were competed by Easter. An up and coming Ard Scoil Mahire from Askeaton were convincing junior winners and St Josephs Convent of Mercy Abbeyfeale who won the senior title subsequently put up a strong show against the eventual Munster champions Spanish point.

Ladies football is strongest at under age level within the county. Adare NS won the county inter sevens, defeating Athea in the final.

Perhaps the club with the brightest future is Ballyhahill, who have already annexed two county titles, under 14 where they were unstoppable and Under 12 which they won after a great battle with Glin 0-9 to 1-4/

The same under 14s backboned the county under 14 team which was the first to reach a Munster final beating Cork and Clare en route and losing out to a brilliant Waterford side which lost the All-Ireland by a narrow margin. Tremendous credit is due to Mike Spack (Ballyhahill) who spent long hours bringing them to a high level of fitness and skill.

The vast majority of this panel are under age for 1996 and hopes have to be high for a breakthrough at provincial level.

At senior level the competitions has lacked lustre with only 2 teams of the required standard.

Mungret battled for the county title with real fervour, the honours going to Athea 4-9 to 2-8. Amazingly both clubs have dominated this competition since its inception, each winning in alternate years and the score is 3-2 in favour of Athea after this latest win.

And so onto the Munster Club Championship.

Athea played out a pulsating drawn game 7-7 to 6-10 against Brian Boru, Clogheen, Co Tipperary and in the replay at Charleville on Sunday October 1st went one better winning 7-9 to 4-9 after extra time.

The junior competitions have provided the best fare so far this year. New clubs, Rathkeale and Croagh with a revived St Nicholas (Oola) have added flavour to it, especially the Rathkeale girls under Joe Williams, who have generated great enthusiasm for the game in their area.

In the final, Rathkeale provided the shock of the season when they defeated a fancied Old Mill side 4-10 to 3-2, overturning………………………in a preliminary round. Ever improving football skills allied to supreme fitness were key factors in the Rathkeale success story, an example to all other clubs.

If the games structure seems more streamlined this year it is mainly due to the master fixture list compiled by Chairman John Leonard, Kilfinnane club and brother of Liz, Limerick camogie star, and the administrative efficiency of Colette O’Grady (Mungret). Tom Madigan and Kathleen Murphy (Mungret) of necessity keep a tight rein on the financial affairs of the board.

As to the future, the many fine players coming through the underage ranks should ensure it will be a healthy one.

Once again many thanks to the clubs throughout the county who made their pitches available to the ladies and to the various boards whose encouragement is much appreciated.

1996 County Competitions

Under 12 A Old Mill

Under 12 B Gerald Griffins

Under 14 A Gerald Griffins

Under 14 B Askeaton v Old Mill Winner: Askeaton

Under 16 A Gerald Griffins v Askeaton Winner GG

Under 16 B Athea v Glin Winner ??

Minor Askeaton v Athea Winner Athea

Junior Championship Gerald Griffin v Askeaton Winner GG

Junior League Mungret v Rathkeale Winner Mungret

Senior Championship Athea v Mungret Winner Athea

Senior League Athea v Gerald Griffins Winner Athea

Glin Rep County in under 14 Feile venue?

Munster Championship 1996

Under 14 Limerick win Munster final

Under 16 Lost to Kerry

Junior Clare v Limerick Winner Clare

All Ireland League Limerick lose to Leitrim after extra time

Athea play in Munster Club

Gerald Griffins win Munster minor blitz

1997 County Competitions

Under 12 A 12 a side final Rathkeale 1-02 St Clairs 0-03

Under 12 Shield final Castlemahon 4-03 – ~Athea 2-08

Under 12 A 15 a side final Old Mill 3-06 Gerald Griffins 2-07

Under 12 Shield final – Glin 4-02 Mungret 0-06

Under 14 A Gerald Griffins 4-09 Glin 5-04

Under 14 B Fealesider 6-04 Bruree 2-02

Under 16 Gerald Griffins 2-11 Askeaton 4-01

Under 16B Athea 3-11 Glin 2-11

Minor Gerald Griffins 2-04 Athea 1-05

Junior: Gerald Griffins 3-12 Askeaton 3-04

Senior: Shannon Gaels 4-07 Athea 0-04

G. G & O. M Combination

All County League proposed not to compete in 1997

Under 14 Feile Gerald Griffins travelled to Donegal and Dympna O’Brien won skills title.

Athea played in Munster Championship

Milltown/Malbay 2-13 Athea 2-08

St Clair’s is now known as St Ailbes, just a name change.

1997 Munster Championship

Under 14 Kerry 3-08 Limerick 0-05

Under 16 Cork 1-13 Limierck 0-04

Minor Cork 5-13 Limerick 3-05

Junior S/F Limerick 2-18 Tipperary 1-08

Junior final Waterford 3-10 Limerick 1-08

All Ireland League 1997

1 ST RD Limerick 8-13 Galway 4-03

2nd Rd Longford 4-12 Limerick 0-03

3rd Rd Limerick 3-03 – Dublin 0-10

4th Rd Limerick 5-11 Kildare 3-04

5th Rd Wicklow 2-11 Limerick 3-13

6th Rd Roscommon 4-13 – Limerick 1-06

7th Rd Limerick 2-03 – Offaly 2-07

Q/F Limerick 3-08 Down 2-08

S/F Limerick 2-03 Longford 2-11

Mungret/Limerick participate in All Ireland 7s

County Competitions 1998

Under 12 A 12 a side Gerald Griffins 2-09 – St. Ailbes 1-02

Under 12 B Shield Rathkeale 7-08 Mungret 3-05

This game awarded to Mungret after objection.

Under 12 B 12 a side Castlemahon 2-12 Adare 0-03

Under 12 B Shield Glin 4-05 Monagea 1-01

Under 14 A Old Mill 5-13 Gerald Griffins 1-07

Under 14 Shield Rathkeale 9-07 – Monagea 0-02

Under 16 A Gerald Griffins 8-13 Akeaton 2-00

Under 16 Shield Glin 5-08 Monagea 3-01

Minor Gerald Griffins 4-15 Croom 5-01

Junior League Askeaton 7-13 Gerald Griffins 0-00

Junior Championship Askeaton 3-13 Glin 1-03

Senior League decided not to play too late

Senior Championship Gerald Griffins 1-12 Mungret 1-06

Under 14 County Feile Old Mill 4-08 Gerald Griffins 1-03

Old Mill travelled to Donegal, won Division 2 defeating Lurgan Cavan 2-02 – 0-01

Munster Club Championship 1998

Gerald Griffins 2-08 Naomh Aban 3-08

Munster Blitz 1998

Gerald Griffins defeated Miltown Malbay

All Ireland League 1998

Galway 3-14 Limerick 1-05

Limerick 3-03 Clare 3-08

Dublin 7-18 Limerick 1-03

Kildare 3-07 Limerick 2-07

Limerick 3-05 Wicklow 3-12

Gerald Griffins and Mungret in Senior All Ireland 7S

Askeaton in Junior 7S

Limerick win Under 14 All Ireland Blitz in Mullingar

County Competitions 1999

Under 12A 12 a side Dromcollogher/Broadford 8-04 Rathkeale 0-05

Shield Castlemahon 1-10 Mungret 1-03

Under 12B 12 a side Old Mill 5-07 Athea 0-06

Shield Glin 2-05 Monagea 2-03

Under 13 All County Blitz Drom/Broadford 4-07 Mungret 2-01

Under 14 A Athea 8-08 Croom 4-07

Under 14 B Drom/Broadford 4-07 Castlemahon 0-02

Under 16 A Old Mill 3-12 G Griffins 3-05

Under 16B Croom 4-07 Monagea 3-06

Minor Western Gaels 2-10 G Griffins 0-03

v Athea & OM Combination

Junior Championship Askeaton 3-05 Mungret 3-05

Replay Askeaton 1-06 Mungret 1-08

Junior League Askeaton received w/o Gerald Griffins. Askeaton winner

Senior League Gerald Griffins 3-12 Athea 1-04

Senior Championship Gerald Griffins 2-04 Athea 2-06

Under 14 Feile hosted Division 3, won by Castlewellan of Down

Following Clubs hosted teams, Athea, Bruree, Drom/Broadford

Gerald Griffins, Monagea, Mungret, St Albes

Croom and Rathkeale also competed in Division 3 Feile

Under 14 Blitz in Mullingar

Limerick defeated on penalties by Galway in semi-final of Division 1

Athea and Gerald Griffins play in All Ireland Senior 7S

Munget play in Junior 7S and defeated by Fr. Rocks Tyrone – 4-03 to 5-04

In plate final in Santry.

Under 14 Feile

Old ill travel to Ennis for Division 1. Reach semi-final. Limerick lost Division 3 of Feile, repeat.

The following Clubs host teams; Athea, Mungret, Bruree, Gerald Griffins, Domcollogher/ Broadford, Monagea, St. Ailbes – Croom and Rathkeale take part.

Munster Club Championship: Athea v Rockchapel

Munster Minor Blitz: Gerald Griffins withdraws

Munster Championship 1999

Under 14 Limerick 9-11 Clare 2-01

Semi-final Tipperary 0-03 Limerick 2-06

Final Limerick 2-05 Kerry 5-14

Under 16 Clare 1-03 Limerick 2-15

Semi-final Limerick 5-16 Cork 3-09

Final Kerry 5-10 Limerick 2-10

Minor Limerick 0-05 Cork 5-15

Junior Limerick 1-03 Cork 6-19

All Ireland League

Cork 3-14 Limerick 0-04

Limerick 4-06 Roscommon 4-10

Wicklow 5-10 Limerick 2-04

Limerick 2-08 Galway 3-12

Limerick 3-04 Kildare 4-14

Limerick 3-10 Carlow 3-07

Under 14 Blitz Limerick beaten semi-final on penalties Division1, repeat

All Ireland 7 a side

Athea and Gerald Griffins play in Senior 7s

Mungret beaten in Junior Shield final by Fr. Rocks, Tyrone

List of Officers 1993 – 1999

Chairman: Dermot Kelliher

Ballyagran

Co Limerick

Vice-Chairwoman: Margaret Carroll

Athea

Co Limerick

Secretary: Vera O’Brien

Rathmale

Mungret

Co Limerick

Assistant Secretary: Liz Leonard

Glenosheen

Kilmallock

Co Limerick

Treasurer: Colette O’Grady

Cloughkeating

Patrickswell

Co Limerick

PRO: Timmy Woulfe

Athea

Co Limerick

List of Officers 1994

Chairman: Tom Madigan

Westend House

Shanagolden

Co Limerick

Vice-Chairwoman: Margaret Carroll

Athea

Co Limerick

Secretary: Vera O’Brien

Rathmale

Mungret

Co Limerick

Assistant Secretary: Mary Carroll

Treasurer: Colette O’Grady

Cloughkeating

Patrickswell

Co Limerick

Assistant Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

12 High Meadows

Gouldavoher

Limerick

PRO: Timmy Woulfe

Athea

Co Limerick

Registrar: Nicholas Lonergan

Solohead

Co Tipperary

Limerick Officers 1995

Chairman: John Leonard

Kilfinnane

Co Limerick

Vice-Chairman: Tom Madigan

Westend House

Shanagolden

Co Limerick

Secretary: Colette O’Grady

Cloughkeating

Patrickswell

Co Limerick

Assistant Secretary: Michael Stack

Glin

Co Limerick

Treasurers: Kathleen Murphy

12 High Meadows

Gouldavoher

Limerick

Tom Madigan

Westend House

Shanagolden

Co Limerick

PRO: Timmy Woulfe

Athea

Co Limerick

Registrar: Betty Dillane

Newcastle West

Co Limerick

County Officers 1996

Chairperson: Tom Madigan

Vice-Chairperson: John Leonard

Secretary: Colette O’Grady

Assistant Secretary: Mike Stack

Treasurer: Kathleen Shanahan

Assistant Treasurer: Joan Sheehy, Askeaton Co Limerick

PRO: Timmy Woulfe

Registrar: Betty Dillane

Officers 1997

Chairman: Tom Madigan

Westend House

Shanagolden

Co Limerick

Vice-Chairman: John Leonard

Kilfinnane

Co Limerick

Secretary: Colette O’Grady

Cloughkeating

Patrickswell

Co Limerick

Treasurer: Kathleen Shanahan

Athea

Co Limerick

Assistant Treasurer: Joe Williams

Rathkeale

Co Limerick

Registrar: Norma O’Brien

Ballyhahill

Co Limerick

PRO: Timmy Woulfe

Athea

Co Limerick

Development Officer: Teresa Cregan Stack

Ballyhahill

Co Limerick

Irish Language Officer: Timmy Woulfe

Officers 1998

Chairman: Tom madigan

Vice-Chairman: John Leonard

Secretary: Michael Murphy

12 High Meadows

Gouldavoher

Limerick

Assistant Secretary: Sinead O’Kane

Askeaton

Co Limerick

Treasurer: Joe Williams

Registrar: Kathleen Murphy

PRO: Gerald Murphy, Address as Sec.

Development Officer: Colette O’Grady

Irish Language Officer: Kathleen Shanahan

Officers 1999

Chairman: Pat Molyneaux

6 O’Connor Park

Ardagh

Co Limerick

Vice-Chairman: Colette O’Grady

Pat Bradley, Ballyhahill

Secretary: Michael Murphy

Assistant Secretary: John O’Grady, add as Colette

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

Assistant Treasurer: Gerard Reidy, Ballyhahill

Registrar: Norma O’Brien

PRO: Maive Halvey Purcell

Main Street

Caherconlish

Co Limerick

Development Officers: Angelina Ryan

Ballyneety Co Limerick

Anthony Moran

Askeaton

Co Limerick

Cultural and Language Officer: Daniel Cannon, Ballyhahill

Officers 2000

Chairman: Pat Molyneaux

Vice-Chairman: John O’Grady

Secretary: Michael Murphy

Assistant Secretary: Ann Sexton, Cahercass, Croom, Co Limerick

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

Assistant Treasurer: Ann Buckley, Carraward West, Dromcollogher, Co Limerick

Registrar: Mary Murphy, Ass as Sec

PRO: Maire Halvey Purcell

Development Officer: John McGrath, Monagea Co Limerick

Cultural & Language Officer: Colm Ward, Racefield, Fr Russell Road, Limerick

Limerick History 2000

For a variety of reasons it took until Easter Monday 16 April 2001 to complete our 2000 playing season. Gerald Griffins leading at half-time 4-05 to 0-02 held out to defeat arch rivals, Athea 4-09 to 3-09 in the 2000 minor final played at Croom

5.00 pm.

The following clubs took part in the minor competition, Ballylanders, Old Mill, Gerald Griffin, Monagea, Pallasgreen, Croom and Athea.

Also held over was the under 16 A Shield, the final of this competition was played in Cappagh on the 25 March 2001. Bruree scoring in the final minute to deny Gerald Griffin the title – 4-06 to 2-10.

The annual convention was held in Mungre/St Pauls GAA Clubhouse on the

15th November 1999 at 8.00 pm.

The following Officers elected:

Chairperson: Pat Molyneaus (Old Mill)

Vice-chairperson: John O’Grady (Mungret/St Pauls)

Secretary: Michael Murphy (Mungret/St Pauls)

Assistant Secretary: Ann Sexton (Croom)

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy (Mungret/St Pauls)

Assistant Treasurer: Anne Buckley (Dromcollogher/Broadford)

Registrar: Mary Murphy (Mungret/St Pauls)

PRO: Maire Halvey-Purcell (St Albes)

Development Officer: John McGrath (Monagea)

Culture/Lang. Off: Colm Ward (Mungret/St Pauls)

How our county teams fared out – under 14. On the 8 April 2000 in Fermoy, victory for Limerick over Waterford on a scoreline 1-09 to 2-04. At home in Feenagh 15th April going down to Cork 3-20 to no score. Away to Kerry on the 22nd April defeated 7-09 to 0-02, played in Dr. Crokes Killarney. On the 1st May in Feenagh, a win over Tipperary 5-12 to 1-02. This win enough to see Limerick into the Munster Plate Final, before final league game against Clare. Both counties agreeable to play before or after this date, Munster Council refuse Limerick’s request and final awarded to Clare.

Limerick took part in the Munster Coaches Cup, a tournament organised by Waterford. Played Clare in Torbert and Waterford in Pallasgreen losing both games. On the 29th July the Blitz in Mullingar, some exciting games but no success, everybody enjoyed the experience and the Blitz.

Our Under 14 team managed by Michael O’Connor with Colette O’Grady,

Catherine Murphy and John McGrath, selectors.

A rising tide lifts all boats, and the tide come into Limerick on Wednesday 12th July 2000, when they lifted the Munster Under 16 Championship, after a heart stopping game against Waterford in Sean Tracey Park, Tipperary. Final score Limerick 2-12 Waterford 2-10. Limerick defeated Cork in a semi-final replay 4-08 to 2-08 on Monday 10t July in Ballygran. Drawn game played in Grenagh 5th July. Croke 3-10 Limerick 4-07. On the 5th August at Birr, defeated by a superb Meath team 6-18 to

2-07, in the all Ireland semi-final. Congratulations to the management team on bringing a first Under 16 Munster title to Limerick. Manager Pat Higgins, Noel Brosnan, Jody McCarthy and Ann Lawlor.

Our minor team took on Kerry in Beaufort on the 19 July 2000, defeated in an exciting game 3-15 to 4-07.

The minor and junior teams under the management of Pat Higgins and John Leonard.

Our League Championship for the juniors started in Kildimo on the 7th November 1999, victory over Tipperary 6-12 to 10 points.

Going down to Galway 2-11 to 1-05 on the 20th February 2000 in Ballindereen. Victory over Wicklow on 19th March in Ballybrown 5-11 to 2-04. On the 2nd April travelled to Eire Og grounds in Carlow, going down to Carlow 3-14 to 2-08. On the 9th April in Kildimo, Limerick 1-11 – Laois 2-05. On the 16th April in Elphin, Roscommon 6-09, Limerick 3-09. Needing the points from the last game against Leitrim to qualify for latter stages of the League, Limerick travelled to Leitrim the previous day, and an overnight stay in Aughavas was not enough as Leitrim won the game 3-08 to 1-04. Many thanks to the O’Donoghue family for providing the accommodation.

The next outing for the junior team was in the Bank of Ireland Munster Championship. With two games guaranteed. the first against Waterford on the

9th July in Bansha Limerick, go down 1-20 to 0-07. Limerick understrength due to under 16 semi-final the following evening. At full strength on 15th July in Kilrush, beating Clare 3-17 to 2-10. Needed to win both games to qualify for Munster final.

But Limerick were represented in Bruff, on with the Peil Cailini Oza team, but going down to Kerry in the final, having recorded victories over Waterford and Clare played in conjunction with the junior games. Ours stars of the future were under the management of Anne Buckley, Siobhan Reidy McCarthy, Norma O’Brien, Teresa Cregan-Stack and Mary O’Sullivan.

Our County competitions.

10 teams for Feile competition.

Gerald Griffin, Monagea, St. Ailbes, Mungret/St Pauls, Pallasgreen, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Old Mill, Bruree, Rathkeale and Ballylanders.

The weather failed us on the 1st April but did get to semi-final stages with Mungret/St Pauls meeting Bruree in Athlacea and Drumcollogher/Broadford, meeting Gerald Griffins in Foynes, both games 5th April. Bruree and Dromcollogher/Broadford set for final 9th April in Feenagh. Drumcollogher/Broadford take West Board trophy and honour to represent Limerick at Feile, beating Bruree 3-04 to 1-03.

Our Under 12 is 13 a side, 9 teams compete, Athea, Bromcollogher/Broadford A and B, Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Gerald Griffins, Monagea, Mungret/St Pauls, Old Mill, St Albies.

In the semi-finals “A” Championship, Gerald Griffin beat Feohanagh/Castlemahon

8-04 to 4-05, played in Foynes on the 9th September. Dromcollogher/Broadford beat Old Mill 2-05 to 0-03, played in Newcastle West on 10 September. The final played in Foynes on 24th September. The O’Donovan Cup go to Dromcollogher/Broadford after beating Gerald Griffins 6-05 to 2-03. In the A Shield final, Old Mill beat Castlemahon 4-09 to 1-05 in a replay on 8th October in Dromcollogher, after both teams drew a week earlier in Rathkeale.

In the Under 12 “B” Championship, St. Ailbes beat Monagea 3-05 to 1-03 in one semi-final, played in Croom, the other semi-final, Athea beat Mungret/St Pauls 1-06 to 1-05 in Drumcollogher, both on the 8th September. In the final on 21st October in Croom. St Ailbes beat Athea 2-03 to 0-03. In the Under12 “B” Shield on the same day Mungret/St Pauls gave Monagea a walkover.

This Under 12 Championship was sponsored by Goggin & Buckley of Dromcollogher.

Our Under 14 was graded for first time “A” and “B”. Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Dromcollogher/Broadford, St Ailbes, Gerard Griffins, Mungret/St Pauls and Rathkeale in the “A”.

The top two to emerge for the final were Drumcollogher/Broadford and Gerald griffins. The final played in Athea on the 15th June Drom/Broadford take the Liam O’Connor Cup on a scoreline 6-09 to 3 goals.

In the Shield semi-finals on 21st June in Killcornan, St Ailbes 5-08 to Feoghanagh/Castlemahon 1-02, Rathkeale 1-14 to Mungret 1-10.

Final played in Croom 20th September.

St Ailbes 3-04, Rathkeale 2-04.

In the “B” competition

Ballylanders, Monagea, Old Mill, Bruree, Croom and Athea. Bruree and Monageo come through for the Championship final, which was played in Feenagh on the

1st July, where Bruree win a first county title on a scoreline 2-09 to 3 goals. In the “B” Shield final, Old Mill too good for newcomers Ballylanders, score 6-06 to 3-02. Played in Mungret on the 18th June.

Our Under 16 Competition

Graded “A” and “B”, Gerald Griffins, Old Mill, Athea, Rathkeale, Croom and Bruree in the “A”.

Old Mill and Croom emerge for the final on the 22nd October in Feenagh. Old Mill easy winners 4-05 to 0-02, and take the Higgins Fitted Furniture Cup back west. This competition also sponsored by Higgins Fitted Furniture.

In the “A” Shield semi-finals, Bruree through to final after win over Rathkeale 2-07 to 3-03 played in Bruree on the 18th November.

Gerald Griffins beat Athea 3-06 to 1-08 on the 18th February played in Ardagh.

In the final. Bruree 4-06 Gerald Griffins 2-10, played Cappagh on the 25th March 2001.

In the “B” competition – Dromcollogher/Broadford, Monagea, Mungret/St Pauls, Ballylanders, st Ailbes and Feohanagh/Castlemahon.

Monagea and Mungret/St Pauls replay the final in Croagh on the 8th October 2000, where Monagea collect their first county title 4-08 to 1-02. Drawn game on the 24th September in Foynes. Monagea 2-4 Mungret/St Pauls 1-07.

In the “B” Shield semi-finals on the 15th September in Croom, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 1-13 Ballylanders 2 goals.

Dromcollogher/Broadford 5-08 St Ailbes 3096.

The final played in Mungret on the 21st October Drom/Broadford 6-14 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 3-03

Our Minor Cahmptionship

The final reviewed at the start which was played Easter Sunday 16 April 2001.

Loughill Fireplaces Cup for Gerald Griffins. In the semi-final Gerald Griffins 2-08 Ballylanders 0-01.

Played in Bruree 24th March. The following day in Foynes Athea 1-11 to

Monegea 2-05 the other semi-final.

Junior League – Participants

Dromcollogher/Broadford, Gerald Griffins, Mungret/St Pauls, Old Mill, Pallasgreen, Rathkeale.

Old Mill top the group and beat Gerald Griffins in semi-final 2-14 to 2-02 on the

23rd June in Foynes. Mungret/St Pauls win toss for home advantage against Croom played 17th may, Mungret 4-02 Croom 1-03.

Final in Killcornan 9 August 2000.

Old Mill 5-16 Mungret/ St Pauls 1-07.

J J Kenneally Cup for Old Mill.

Junior Championship

Some teams as League plus Askeaton who were fortunate to receive into the semi-final.

Three quarter finals played in Bruree on the 20th August. Rathkeale beat Pallasgreen, Mungret/ St Pauls beat Drom/Broadford and Old Mill beat Croom.

In Croagh on the 27 August semi-final, Askeaton 8-10 Rathkeale 2.01. In Killcornan

On 10th September Old Mill 7-09 Mungret/St Pauls 4-02.

Finaly played 24th Setpember in Athea, Old Mill 4-12 Askeaton 3.05.

Courtney Lodge Hotel Cup for Old Mill.

Senior League

3 teams Gerald Griffins, Athea and Mungret/St Pauls.

Athea and Gerald Griffins contest final on 12th May in Athea. The Gables Cup going to Gerald Griffins 2-11 to 1.06

Senior Championship

Old Mill and Askeaton combine as Deel Gales and meet Athea in semi-final beaten

4-10 to 3-06. Mungret/St Pauls go down to Gerald Griffins 4-13 to 4-03.

Both semi-finals played in Askeaton on the 13th August. The final played on

23rd August in Glinn. Gerald Griffins 1-08 Athea 0-9. The Madigan Cup for Gerald Griffins and sponsored by Pat Tiernan Motors, Nissan Dealers, Shanagolden.

Clubs

Dromcollogher/Broadford did Limerick proud when they represented Limerick at Feile in Dubllin, reaching the Division 2 final.

Mungret/St Pauls take part in Kilmacud Crokes and in All-Ireland 7 a side. Athea reach semi-final of All-Ireland sevens go down to Limahoe. Askeaton take part in the junior seven a side.

Pride of place must go to Gerald Griffins who on the 26th November 2000 bring first Junior Club All-Ireland Championship to Limierick. Played in St Lomans Mullingar. The AIB All-Ireland Junior Club final Gerald Griffins 1-11 Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 1-08. They overcome Sarsfield (Laois) 7-07 to 3-05 in the semi-final, too good for Cloncool (Sligo) 5-15 to 2-9.

In the Munster final played in Buttevant, Gerald Griffins 3-05 St Vals (Crok 1-10.

Having beaten Aherlow (Tipperary) 5-11 to 5-05 in a replay after drawing 2-06 to

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History – Limerick 2001

After the success of Gerald Griffins in the AIB Junior All-Ireland final and a first Under 16 Munster Championship title last year, much attention would focus on the fortunes of Limerick during the year 2001 – and what a year, we had many highlights. County claim the Munster Junior Championship for the first time. The Under14s win the Munster Plate, Primary School girls parade in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day.

Replacement All-Star for Dympna O’Brien. New sponsor for the year in Golden Vale – Mick Dawson. 20,000 watch Limerick junior team in All-Ireland quarter-final in Ennis. Two Limerick colleges in Munster final.

A year that started with threatening foot and mount disease, teachers strike and adverse weather conditions. A combination of all three led to the abandonment of the Limerick Colleges Junior Competition. St Josephs win the senior final. Congratulations to all winners and runners up of the competitions throughout the year, not alone those but every primary school, post primary college and club that took part during the year.

Thanks to that man of many talents, Timmy Woulfe for co-ordinating the post primary.

On Thursday 22nd November Dromcollogher Community College overcome near neighbours Newcastlewest to win the Munster Vocational Schools final 5-08 to 1-06 in Newcastlewest.

Now for our county teams – The Under 14 team travelled to Ardfinnan on the

14th April and beat Tipperary 4-10 to 0-07. On the 21st April in Dromcollogher, Limerick were beaten by Kerry 4-08 to 0-03, a heavier defeat on 28th April in Grenagh Cork 11-17 to 0-00. The 5th May in Bansha Waterford 5-14 Limerick 2-05. Needing a win over Clare to qualify for Plate they duly oblige on the 12th May in Ballybrown 6-08 to 2-04. The game was called off on the 7th April due to weather conditions. In the Plate final, played in Bruffon the 19th May, Limerick turn the tables on Waterford in a thrilling game 3-09 to 4-05.

The team took part in the Blitz in Mullingar on the 16th June – they enjoyed the day. It was disappointing that they did not have a team for the Munster Coaches Cup play in Clare on the 27th October. The Manager of the under 14 team, Michael O’Connor, selectors, Colette O’Grady and Catherine Murphy.

In the Under 16 Munster Championship, Limerick were through to the semi-final after a victory over Tipperary, on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-04. They played on the

12th April in Ardfinan. In a hectic semi-final against Kerry on the 11th May in Athea., the sides are deadlocked after the hour 2-08 each. In extra time Limerick squander many chances and lose by two points 3-15 to 3-13. No back to back Under 16 Munster Championship for Limerick. The Manager of the Under 16 team Pat Higgins, selectors, Ann Lawlor, Noel Brosnan and Jody McCarthy.

In the minor Championship, the opposition is Kerry in the quarter final played the

4th July in Athea. Like the Under 16 could not take the chances and go out of the Championship 3-12 to 1-11. The Manager of the Minor team, John Leonard, selectors Mike Nash, Mike Moynihan, coach Eddie O’Sullivan.

The same management for the Junior team as the Minor who had their first league game in Ardfinnan on the 3rd December 2000, Limerick take the points 5-05 to 1-10.

The first outing for 2001 was a trip to Kilcoole, not to see them film an episode of Glenroe, but to play Wicklow on 11th February, Limerick 5-15 Wicklow 0-03. On ‘home ground’ in Kildimo on the lst April against Roscommon, exciting finish, Roscommon win 2-12 to 2-08. On the 8th April Limerick travelled to Grangnovlan to play Kildare, the pitch was waterlogged and the game was called off. Back home for the game against Meath “B” on the 15th April in Kilfinane, Limerick win 5-15 to 2-12.

On home ground, Kildimo on the 22nd April, good win over Westmeath 1-14 to 1-08. Another easy victory on Saturday evening on the 28th April in Crecora against Carlow – 5-13 to 1-01. The game against Kildare refixed for the 7th May in Newbridge, Limerick were beaten 1-14 to 2-02. Despite this defeat Limerick qualify for the

All-Ireland League quarter final, paired against Cavan, the game played in Breffini Park on the 13th May. In a thrilling game, Limerick lose out in the last few minutes

1-17 to 3-07.

However little did anybody think that by 11th August, Limerick would be Munster Junior Champions for the first time, reach the All-Ireland semi-final after a heart stopping quarter final victory.

The Munster Championship in two groups, two to qualify for the semi-finals. Limerick first game against Tipperary on the 30th June in Cahir. Limerick only start to play in the last ten minutes and lose by a point 2-12 to 1-14. Next game against Clare who had beaten Tipperary, but Limerick record easy win 7-07 to 1-02, played on 14th July in Athea. This win ensured a rematch against Tipperary, which was played on the 18th July in Croagh. An easy victory for Limeric k 3-20 to 1-07. This win gave Limerick a semi-final place against Cork which took place in Charleville on the 21st July. Holding a 8 point lead in the second half, we were thrown a life line to draw the game, Limerick 2-12 to Cork 3-09. The replay fixed for the same venue on the 25th July, this time Limerick had the right answer victory 3-13 to 3-07. The Munster final fixed for Bruff on the 5th August, Limerick set out to meet Waterford, with 10 minutes on the clock and leading by 13 points, Limerick looked set for victory but let the chance slip and were held to a draw, 4-11 each. The replay fixed for the following Saturday on the 11th August in Ballyhooly, on this occasion, Limerick prove too good for Waterford winners 3-12 to 1-07. A first Munster Junior Championship for Limerick.

You may recall it was at this venue in 1996 and against Waterford that Limerick won their first Munster title, the Under 14 Championship.

Some of the players and management that day involved with this wonderful Munster Championship victory. Limerick were to have home advantage against Ulster Champions, Donegal in the All-Ireland quarter final on the 25th August but conceded this to play in Ennis prior to the Limerick versus Galway Under 21 All-Ireland hurling semi-final. It proved worthwhile, with little time remaining and Limerick under pressure, the 20,000 audience were called upon and Limerick responded to snatch victory 2-11 to 1-11. This win left Limerick one hour away from Croke Park. But Roscommon came between them and that appearance in Croke Park on the

8th September in Ballinasloe. Roscommon 0-14 Limerick 1-04.

It must be said Limerick were short some players due to injuries and holidays.

Lets look to the future, what we now have was once among the things only hoped for.

We can look forward to new opportunities and ideas as we strive to improve, but it takes the co-operation of everyone to make it work. Limerick were fortunate to find a generous sponsor in Golden Vale. The launch of this sponsorship took place on the 24th April in Mungret/St Pauls GAA.

This year Munster Council decided that six girls from schools and from each county would be divided into two teams and play on Munster final day, well done to all the girls who took part in the early round and to Teresa Cregan Stack, Norma O’Brien, Mary O’Sullivan and Colette O’Grady for looking after them. They may be our future champions. And to Mary and Colette who took the selected girls to Crok Park on All-Ireland final day on the 29th September.

The Under 14 Munster Plate panel were as follows:

Sinead O’Connor (Dromcollogher/Broadford) captain, Shannon Brosnan (Bruree, Anne Marie Curtin (Gerald Griffins), Fiona Clarke (Bruree), Elaine Crowley (Bruree), Roisin Cussen (Bruree), Catriona Davis (Monagea), Olivia Giltenane (Mungret/St Pauls) Rebecca Griffin (Gerald Griffins), Maria Hayes (Gerald Griffins), Karen Howard (Croom), Jane Hurley (Croom), Ciara Kelleher (Drumcollogher/Broadford), Joanne Lane (t Ailbes), Amy Lawlor (Old Mill), Hazel Lenihan (Bruree), Rosemarie Linehan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Jennifer Liston (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Sinead McAuliffe (Bruree), Helena McCarthy (Old Mill), Michelle McCartrhy (Bruree), Lisa Molyneaux (Dromcollogher/Broadford), Ciara Morrissey (Bruree), Naomi Mulcahy (st Ailbes),. Aisling Mulvihill (Old Mill), Elizabeth De Nais (Old Mill), Sarah Nix (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Yvonne Nolan (Monagea), Sandra O’Connor (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Grace ‘Mahoney (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), Mary O’Mahoney (Mungret/St Pauls), Ide O’Shaughnessy (Gerald Griffins).

The Junior panel

Eimear Enright (Gerald Griffins), captain, Catriona Ambrose (Gerald Griffins), Mary Antoinette Ambrose (Gerald Griffins), Lisa Cahill (Croom) Dyan Carroll (Old Mill), Olivia Carrig (Mungret/St Pauls), Mary Ita Casey (Athea), Maureen Copse (Old Mill), Calire Coughlan (Bruree), Aine Cummins (Bruree), Ann Curtin (Croom), Marie Claire Curtin (Croom), Kate Galvin (Croom), Lisa Garvey (Mungret/St Pauls), Martina Giltenane (Mungret/St Pauls), Rosemarie Giltenane (Mungret/St Pauls), Leanne Higgins (Athea), Louise Higgins (Athea), Deirdre Lyons (Old Mill) Yvette Moynihan (Croom), Teresa Mulcaire (Old Mill), Catherine Murphy (Mungret/St Pauls), Lizzie Murphy (Athea), Meadhbh de Nais (Athea), Dympna O’Brien (Gerald Griffins), Sandra O’Brien (Gerald Griffins), Bridgette O’Connor (Gerald Griffins), Ella O’Shaughnessy (Gerald Griffins), Aine O’Sullivan (Old Mill), Jessie Quaid (Old Mill), Mary Shire (Mungret/St Pauls).

Catriona Davis player of the match Under 14 final

Dympna O’Brien player of the match Munster Junior final

Jessie Quaid player of the match All-Ireland semi-final.

The players were presented with their medals at a victory dinner dance in the Courteney Lodge Hotel on the 1st December 2001.

Our Club Championships

Held over from 2000, the Under 16 “B” final. This game played on the 25th March in Cappagh, Bruree overame Gerald Griffins 4-06 – 2-10.

The 2000 Minor semi-finals, 24th March in Bruree, Gerald Griffins 2-08 Ballylanders 0-01. 25th March in Foynes, Athea 1-11 Monagea 2-05. Final 16th April, Croom the venue, Gerald Griffins 4-9 to Athea 3-9.

The 2000 Under 11 Blitz was played on the 9th June in Dromcollogher, straight final. Dromcollogher/Broadford 3-05 Monagea 1-02. This for the inaugural Meehan Sponsored Cup and medals.

2001

We had our first 2001 final on Monday 16th April in Mungret, when Dromcollogher/Broadford beat Bruree 4-02 to 3-01, to represent Limerick at Feile in Tipperary. They did us proud in 2000 when they were beaten in the Division “ final in Dublin. They also did us proud that year when they reached Division 1 semi-final. The following clubs took part in this competition. Mungret/St Pauls, St Ailbes, Ballylanders, Bruree, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Monagea and Gerald Griffins – Drom/Broadford retain the West Board Trophy for 2001.

Our Under 12 competition divided into two groups, East and West.

In the east – Pallasgreen, St Ailbes, Croom, Bruree and Mungret/St Pauls.

In the west – Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Monagea,

Gerald Griffins, Athea and Old Mill.

Run on a league basis, St Ailbes and Bruree from the east plus Monagea and Drom/Broadford from the west qualify for the semi-finals.

On the 23rd May in Bruree St Ailbes overcome Monagea 1-05 to 1-02. On the

24th May in Crrom, Drom/Broadford beat Bruree 3-06 – 2-05.

On the 30th May played in Croom, the final. Drom/Broadford 3-04

St Ailbes 2-02. The O’Donovan Cup for Drom/Broadford.

The “A” Sheild final played in Croom on 4th June, Monagea 1-03 – Bruree 1-01.

In the “B” semi-finals.

21 June in Bruree, Croom 1-05 F/Castlemahon 3-08.

22nd June in Rathkeale, Old Mill 2-09 Gerald Griffins 2-06

In the final 28th June in Castlemahon, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 1-02 Old Mill 1-10

The “B” Sheild final

Played 29th June Rathkeale, Gerald Griffins 3-03 Croom 1-00.

In the Under 14, same system as Under 12.

Ballylanders, Bruree, St Ailbes and Mungret/St Pauls – one group.

Dromcollogher/Broadford, Old Mill, Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Monagea and

Gerald Griffins.

In the semi-finals.

20th June at Rathkeale, Bruree 3-12 Gerald Griffins 2-11

20t June at Croom, Drom/Broadford 1-05 St Ailbes 1-02

The “A” final 28th June in Feenagh, Bruree avenge Feile defeat and beat Drom/Broadford 3-10 to 3-05. The Liam O’Connor Cup for Bruree.

In the “A” Shield final played in Croom, Gerald Griffins too strong for Ailbes on a scoreline 3-09 to 1-04.

In the Under 14 “B” semi-final in Ballylanders 5th July Mungret/St Pauls end all square 3-05 each. In the replay 12th July in Bruree, Mungret/St Pauls 3-12 Ballylanders 2-06.

On the 4th July in Monegea, Monegea beat Feohanagh/Castlemahon 2-09 to 1-09.

In the final played in Croom 16th July, Monagea 1-05 – Mungret/St Pauls 1-03.

In the “B” Shield final played in Croom on 14th October,

Feohanagh/Castlemahon 6-09 Ballylanders 2-09.

The Under 16 divided into “A” and “B” competitions played on a league basis, with the top two teams for the final I both “A” and “B” events.

In the “A”, the following teams – Old Mill, Gerald Griffins, Monagea, Bruree, Drom/Broadford.

After a tough league, Monagea do battle with Bruree in the final played in Feenagh 24th November. Monagea capture the Higgins Fitted furniture Cup on a scoreline

4-06 to 2-09.

In the “A” Shield semi-final Drom/Broadford 3-07 to Gerald Griffins 0-04 played 24th November in Coolyroe, the same day in Abbeyfeale, athea beat Old Mill 7-10 to 4-04. The final yet to be played.

In the “B” Championship, Croom and Mungret/St Pauls do battle in the final on the 8th December in Croagh. Result Croom 5-04 Mungret/St Pauls 3-03.

In the “B” Shield semi-final on the 25th November in Croom, victory for St Albies 3-07 to 3-04. Ballylanders had a bye to the final. The final yet to be played.

Croom, Ballylanders, St Albes, Mungret/St Pauls and Feohanagh/Castlemahon played in the Under 16 B competition.

The minor semi-finals were played on the 9th December.

Monagea 2-09 Gerald Griffins 0-01 played in Feenagh. The other semi-final same day played in Croom – Old Mill 4-08 Bruree 2-03.

The final Monagea 1-01 Old Mill 0-07 played in Feenagh on the 16th December. Elm Fireplaces Cup for Old Mill.

The following teams entered the senior competition.

Athea, Bruree, Croom, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Gerald Griffins, Monagea, Old Mill and Pallasgreen.

In the Junior league the following teams entered, Ballylanders, Bruree, Croom, Drom/Broadford, Gerald Griffins, Mungret/St pauls, Old Mill and Pallasgreen.

In one semi-final, Bruree and Mungret/St Pauls are level after extra time 4-07 to Bruree 2-13 for Mungret/St Pauls, played in Croom on the 7th August. In the replay Bruree 1-09 Mungret/St Pauls 2-03, played in Athlacca on 20th August.

In the other semi-final Old Mill 3-08 Croom 1-07, played in Rathkeale 12th August.

In the final on 23rd August in Croom, Old Mill 6-11 Bruree 2-05, the J J Kenneally Cup for Old Mill.

Old Mill to play in the Intermediate Championship have also won the Junior Championship last year.

The four teams to emerge for the Junior Championship semi-finals –

Bruree v Gerald Griffins, Drom/Broadford v Croom.

Bruree too good for Gerald Griffins on the scoreline 2-10 to 2-06 played 13th October in Croom. A week earlier in Rathkeale Drom/Broadford defeat Croom 5-03 to 2-02.

The finaly played on 20th October in Feenagh, where Drom/Broadford create a major surprise by taking the Courteney Lodge Cup. Drom/Broadford 4-10 Bruree 2-06.

This was some surprise to many as they were grouped with Pallasgreen, Ballylanders and Gerald Griffins in a Junior Novice competition. The final which still has to be played between themselves and Gerald Griffins.

In the Senior Championship, Gerald Griffins have a bye to the final. In the semi-final, Athea beat Mungret/St Pauls 4-11 to 3-03, played in Askeaton on the 19th August.

In the final, Athea hold out to beat Gerald Griffins 3-08 to 3-07, played in Glin on the 22nd August .

The Senior League final fixed for 25th November between Athea and Gerald Griffins. Gerald Griffins unable to field a team due to injuries and work commitments.

Mungret/St Pauls and Athea were regarded to Intermediate to play along with Old Mill in Intermediate Championship. But Athea’s win in the Senior Championship left Old Mill to play Mungret/St Pauls in the final, which was played in Kildimo on the 29th August. Mungret/St Pauls win 3-08 to 2-06. A new cup for the competition sponsored by Estary.

Athea represented Limerick in the Munster Intermediate Championship and advance to the final after a semi-final win over Fergus Rovers 2-10 to 1-07, played in the Gaelic grounds on the 14th September. In the final again St Vals, they were beaten by 12 points to 7 points. Having failed to play to their full potential due to car accident on the way to the game, thankfully only the cars were damaged. The final played in Ballydesmond on the 7th October.

Mungret/St Pauls represented Limerick in the Munster Junior Championship on the

1st September in Ardfinnon. They go down to Clashmore 2-18 to 2-08.

The 2001 Under 11 Blitz was played in Mick Neville Park on the 22nd September, only three Clubs took part. In the final St Albes prove too strong for Monagea. The Under 13 Blitz was played the following day 23rd September, also in Mick Neville Park.

St Albes, Drom/Broadford, Mungret/St Pauls, Croom and Monagea take part. St Ailbes and Drom/Broadford qualify for the final. Drom/Broadford ran out winners.

Two most enjoyable days of football. Thanks to you Clubs.

Three Clubs, four teams take part in the All-Ireland 7 a side. Athea reach semi-final of the senior competition played in St. Vincents.

Gerald Griffins teams play in the Intermediate and do well. Mungret/St Pauls play in the Junior and lose out for play offs as a result of a drawn game.

The intermediate and junior were played in Naomh Mearnog.

Once again thanks to the GAA Clubs for their pitches and facilities. The Limerick County Board for Mick Neville Park for training and the Blitz competitions.

To the press and media for their coverage. Our main sponsor, Golden Vale and all those who supported our financial appeal and placed advertisements in programmes.

A year in which it cost €17,000 more to run, dur to the success of county teams. To all county teams and management and the many award winners – CONGRATULATIONS.

Its tough getting to the top, to stay there is even tougher. With our ideas high enough to inspire us and low enough to encourage us and having done so much with so little for so long, we are now qualified to achieve that first All-Ireland Championship, sooner rather than later.

Let 2002 be the year!!!!

The Officers who were elected at conventions in Mick Neville Park on Monday

27th November 2000 were as follows:

Chairperson: Pat Molyneaux

Vice-Chairperson: Tom Madigan

Secretary: Michael Murphy

Assistant Secretary: Ann Sexton

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

Assistant Treasurer: Anne Buckley

Registrar: Mary Murphy

PRO: John O’Grady

Development: Tom Madigan

Culture & Language: Colm Ward

Delegates to Munster Council: Tom Madigan

Kathleen Murphy

Michael Murphy

Delegates to Central Council: John O’Grady

Michael Murphy

Delegates to Annual Congress: John O’Grady

Michael Murphy

History 2002

The annual convention took place in Monagea on Monday 26th November 2001 at 8.15 pm.

The following are the officers elected for 2002:

Chairperson: Tom Madigan

Vice-chairperson: Pat Molyneaux

Secretary: Michael Murphy

Assistant Secretary: Ann Sexton

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

Assistant Treasurer: Noel Brosnan

Registrar: Mary Murphy

PRO/Dev. Officer: Catherine Murphy

Language & Culture: Colm Ward

Post Primary Schools: Timmy Woulfe Secretary

Michael Fitzgerald, Treasurer Central Council, was a guest at the Convention.

Congratulations to St. Josephs, Doon of winning a Munster School title, defeating Presentation, Clonmel in the final 4-07 to 2-07.

Congratulations to Mary Immaculate team which included Ella O’Sahughnessy and Rose Giltenane, winners to the Lynch Cup. University of Limerick runners up in the O’Connor Cup. Emer Enright and Mary Ita Casey, member of the U.L. team. Also to Emer, a recipient of a scholarship to the university.

The fortunes of our county teams – Under 14. Limerick drawn with Kerry and Cork for league stages of the Munster Championship.

30th March 2002: Kerry 6-14 Limerick 0-02 played in Dr. Crokes, Killarney

13th April 2002: Limerick 0-00 Cork 9-21, played in Ballyagran Limerick

Qualified for the Munster Plate final against Clare, this games played in Fermoy 25th May, final score Clare 3-05, Limerick 1-04.

The Management of the Under 14 team: Michael O’Connor, selectors: Colette O’Grady, Catherine Murphy, Josephine Garvey.

The Under 16 team under the same management as the Under 14 team.

6th April 2002, Kerry 4-17 Limerick 2-02 played in Killorglin.

For their second game, Limerick concede home advantage on the 20th April and travel to Clare 21st April, Clare 1-08 Limerick 2-05, played in Crusheen.

The replay took place 1st May 2002 in Glin (Limerick) Limerick 1-07, Clare 2-16.

The end of our Under 16 Championship.

The Minor Championship

1st April 2002, Waterford 5-30, Limerick 0-03 played in Emly Tipperary.

Clare travelled over for the next game on 13th April but due to a tragedy in Limerick, the game was called off. Game fixed for 17th April, Limerick travel to Kilmihill

Clare 4-11 to 1-10.

Minor team management:

Manager: Pat Higgins

Selectors: Ann Lawlor, Jody McCarthy, Noel Brosnan

The junior team under the same management open their All-Ireland League campaign on 10th March in Feenagh against Cavan. Limerick have goal disallowed in closing stages, Cavan 2-08 Limerick 2-06.

Special thanks to Feenagh/Kilmeedy GAA Club for ensuring this game was played on 10th March due to inclement weather the previous day.

Our next game on 7th April in Kildimo against Galway. Limerick 2-01 Galway 4-16

Abbeyleix was the half-way venue for our game against Louth on the 21st April.

Limerick 4.08 Louth 1-08.

Our next at home against Wexford was billed as a double header prior to Limerick v Clare senior football game for the opening of the new pitch in Mungret on

28th April 2002. But the weather proved the spoil sport and the game was played on the old pitch. Wexford emerge winners by a point. Limerick 3-10 Wexford 3-11.

That one point defeat sent us travelling for a play-off against Louth. A defeat would mean relegation, that is what happened on 5th May 2002 in Mountmellick. Louth too good for a depleted Limerick on a score, Louth 4-10 Limerick 1-06. That completed our National League campaign for 2002.

In the Munster Junior championship Limerick drawn with Cork and Kerry. After winning the title the previous year, hopes were high of retaining the trophy. Hopes were further elevated after an easy win over Cork in opening game on the 7th July in Charleville. Limerick 6-06 Cork 0-03. In the next game Limerick hold out for a draw against Kerry on the 14th July in Feenagh Limerick – Limerick 3-14 Kerry 4-11.

That draw was sufficient for Limerick to qualify for a semi-final spot against Waterford. This game was played in New Inn on the 31st July. Limerick into the final after beating Waterford 3-14 to 1-06.

A confident Limerick travel to Emly on the 10th August for the Munster final against Cork. What we anticipate seldom occurs and what we least expect generally happens, so true as Limerick have to settle for the runner up medal after losing the Munster final to Cork on a scoreline 1-12 to 1-08. Limerick had their chances to win the game. What’s another year!!

Thanks to Joan O’Callaghan and her Monagea club mates who looked after the Cailini Oga teams, one for the game against Cork and the other for the game against Kerry, played the same day as the Junior team played Cork and Kerry.

Money, a terrible boss but a great servant! Thanks to Golden Vale for their sponsorship, the Limerick GAA and the Limerick VEC for grants and the organising committee for the Fashion Shoe on the 27 Februaary in the Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine.

Back to the playing fields for our 2002 county competitions. Starting with the Under 12 competition, 12 teams divide3d into two groups:

Group 1 Group 2

Bruree, Croom, Mungret/St Pauls Domcollogher/Broadford,

Oola, Pallasgreen and St Ailbes Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Gerald Griffins

Monagea, Old Mill and Athea.

Played on a league basis, the two from each Group qualify for the semi-finals of “A” Championship.

Group 1 top two – St Ailbes and Pallasgreen

Group 2 top two – Monagea and Gerald Griffins

Semi-final 23rd May in Croom St Ailbes 2-07 Gerald Griffins 1-01

Semi-final 31st may in Croom Monagea 0-05 Pallasgreen 1-01

Final 3rd June in Kildimo St Ailbes 4-06 Monagea 0-06

The beaten semi-finalist play in the “A” Shield final

7th June in Croom Pallasgreen 6-02 Gerald Griffins 2-04

For the “B” Championship, an open draw for the remaining clubs – play quarter finals. Mungret/St Pauls too good for Feohanagh/Castlemahon on the 23rd May in Croom. Oola too strong for the Old Mill on the lst June in Feenagh, at the same venue on the 3rd June Dromcollogher/Broadford too good for Croom.

Semi-final Mungret 1-06 Bruree 0-03 14th June, Croom

Semi-final Dromcollogher/Broadford 4-04 Oola 1-01 24th June Bruree

In the “B” Championship final on 26th June in Kildimo

Mungret/St Pauls 4-04 Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-01

In the “B” Shield final 29th September in Pallasgreeen

Oola 2-05 Bruree 0-02

Our Under 12 competition completed.

The Under 14 competition

14 teams into two Groups

Group 1 Group 2

Athea, Dromcollogher/Broadford Ballylanders, Bruree, Croom

Fr Caseys, Monagea, Mungret/St Pauls, Pallasgreen,

Feohanagh/Castlemahon St Ailbes and Oola

Gerald Griffins and Old Mill

Top two teams for Group 1

Dromcollogher/Broadford and Old Mill

Top two teams from Group 2

St Ailbes and Bruree

Semi-final 27th June in Feenagh

Dromcollogher/Broadford 3-07 Bruree 1-01

Semi-final lst September in Rathkeale

St Ailbes 7-19 Old Mill 0-00

“A” Championship final on 6th September in Croom

Dromcollogher/Broadford 4-06 St Ailbes 3-03

“A” Shield final 10th Setpember in Feenagh

Bruree 5-05 Old Mill 3-00

The remaining teams from both groups into an open draw for the “B” Championship and “B” Shield. With two first round games, Croom beat Fr Caseys played on the 21st June in Rathkeale. Gerald Griffins overcome Monagea on the 25th June in Feenagh.

The quarter finals resulted as follows; 15th June in Croom Athea beat Oola, 18th June in Ballylanders, Ballylanders too good for Pallasgreen, 21st June in Rathkeale Mungret/St Pauls beat Feohanagh/St Pauls beat Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Gerald Griffins knock out Croom the same day and venue.

Semi-final 26th June in Bruree

Balllylanders 5-07 Athea 5-05

Semi-final 5th July in Rathkeale

Mungret/St Pauls 2-09 Gerald Griffins 3-06

The replay same venue the 7th September

Mungret/St Pauls 6-08 Gerald Griffins 1-03

Final “B” Championship 21st September in Pallasgreen

Mungret/St Pauls 5-01 Ballylanders 3-03

Final “B” Shield 21st September in Pallasgreen

Mungret/St Pauls 5-01 Ballylanders 3-03

Final “B” Shield 21st September in Glinn

Gerald Griffins 2-12 Athea 0-01

The Under 14 competition completed.

The Under 16 competition Graded “A” and “B”

“A” Gerald Griffins, Old Mill, Bruree, Monagea and Dromcollogher/Broadford.

“B” Pallasgreen, Ballylanders, Mungret/St Pauls, St Ailbes, Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Athea. Pallasgreen withdraw prior to the start of the competition.

The top two teams to emerge from “A” Bruree and Monagea. The meeting of the under 16 “A” final on the 8th September in Ballygran, Bruree 1-09 Monagea 0-03.

“A” Shield final on the 18th September in the Old Mill,

Dromcollogher/Broadford 5-13 Old Mill 0-01.

In the “B” Championship, St Ailbes and Mungret/St Pauls are the top two and meet in the final on the 27th August in Croagh. Mungret/St Pauls 5-03 St Ailbes 2-02.

In the “B” Shield semi-final on the 7th September in Bruree, Ballylanders 3-08 F/Castlemahon 5-01.

Final 5th October in Croom, Ballylanders 11-15, Athea 0-01.

The Under 16 competition completed.

The minor competition knock out, ten teams

1st round 6th October in Fedamore

St Ailbes 4-13 Croom 0-00

Dromcollogher/Broadford walk over form Gerald Griffins

Auarter final 6th October Coolroe

Athea 4-04 Bruree 2-09

5th September in Rathkeale

Mungret/St Pauls walk over from Feohanagh/Castlemahon

Old Mill 5-07 Monagea 1-14

13 October in Croom

Dromcollogher/Broadford 8.11 St Ailbes 1-04

Semi-final 26th September in Croagh

Old Mill 4-15 Mungret/St pauls 3-00

Semi-final 20th October in Rathkeale

Athea 1-16 Dromcollogher/Broadford 3-10.

Replay 9th November in Croagh

After 60 minutes teams level 4-05 a piece.

After extra time Athea 4-10 Drom/Broadford 5-07

The sides meet again on the 16th November in Coolroe

Dromcollogher/Broadford 7-02 Athea 0-06

Final 24th November in Feenagh

Dromcollogher/Broadford 2-12 Old Mill 1-05

The minor completed.

The Junior League

Bruree, Croom, Gerald Griffins, Monagea and Mungret/St Pauls, do battle on a league basis before Monagea qualify to meet Gerald Griffins and Bruree qualify to meet Mungret/St Pauls in semi-finals. Both semi-finals played the 11th August.

Monagea 4-08 Gerald Griffins 1-01, played in Rathkeale. Mungret/St Pauls win the toss for home advantage. After 60 minutes sides are level, 4-06 each. In extra time, Bruree prove the stronger, final score Bruree 5-14 Mungret/St Pauls 4-11. In a cracking final played in Foynes on the 16th August, Monagea come from behind to take the trophy Monagea 4-07 Bruree 4-06.

In the Junior Championship, two semi-finals

22nd September in Rathkeale Bruree 8-11 Croom 0-00

27th September in Croagh Monagea 7-16 Mungret/St Pauls 4-02.

The final played in Feenagh 13th October, where Bruree avenge their league defeat on Monagea in another thrilling encounter. Final score Bruree 4-09 Monagea 4-08.

The junior completed.

Senior League

Athea, Gerald Griffins, Mungret/St Pauls and Old Mill play on a league basis. Athea and Mungret/St Pauls are the top two and play the league final on bank holiday Monday 28th October in Croagh. Final score Athea 2-10 Mungret/St Pauls 3-03.

Senior Championship

Semi-final 1st September in Glin, Athea 4-07 Gerald Griffins 1-12

Semi-final 2nd September in Croagh, Mungret/St Pauls 5-06 Old Mill 2-08.

The intermediate and senior finals played the 8th September in Croagh. Having only two intermediate teams a straight final, a final with plenty of scores.

Old Mill 6-10 Dromcollogher/Broadford 3-09. The senior final result as follows:

Athea 3-04 – Mungret/St Pauls 0-04.

Athea represented Limerick in the Munster Intermediate Championship and clashed with Rock Ban on the 12th October in Charleville. Athea failed to convert their chances into scores, Rockban advance final score, athea 0-06 Rockban 3-11.

Old Mill represented Limerick in the Munster junior championship on the 20th October in Dr Crokes, Killaney, they go down to Beara of Cork. Final score

Beara 6-17 Old Mill 0-01.

The Under 11 Blitz was played in Mungret on the 19th October. In the final Monagea beat Mungret/St Pauls 1-00 to no score. Our Feile Blitz under 14 was played on the 14th April in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. The following clubs took part, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Mungret/St Pauls, Fr Caseys A & B, Gerald Griffins, Old Mill and Monagea.

The following teams met in the semi-finals. Monagea 1-02 Old Mill 0-00.

Dromcollogher/Broadford 3-02 Gerald Griffins 0-00

Final score Dromcollogher/Broadford 4-01 Monagea 0-00.

Dromcollogher/Broad would represent Limerick at Feile na nOg for the third year in succession. They travel to Carlow for the event 5th to 7th July. After victories over Rathvily, Bennekerry/Tinyryland and St Lomans, they are pitted against Kilmore (Wexford) in the semi-final. A 1-06 to 1-03 win and they are in the final on the

7th July in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. In the final Dunamore/Ashbourne (Meath) provide the oppisition. Drom/Broadford win out on a scoreline 1-05 to 0-03. Well done Drom/Broadford, those who succeed are those who keep on trying.

Athea and St Ailbes went to Dublin the All-Ireland weekend and took part in the sevens in Noamh Mearnog, Portmarnock. A one point defeat in the play-off stage put an end to Athea interest. St Ailbes enjoy the experience.. Athea had some compensation early in the year, the won the Paudie O Se Tournament in dingle on the 24th February. St Ailbes Limerick winners of the Munster Centenary Promotion Project.

We finished 2002 with a Dinner Dance in the Courtenay Lodge, Newcastlewest, where medals and Sportstar Awards were presented to various winners. Congratulations to Maire Halvey and Tom Madigan who were elected Secretary and Treasurer of Munster Council respectively.

The National League will be sponsored by Suzuki in 2003, the launch took place on the 4th November 2002 in Croke Park. Limerick had their first outing on the

10th November when they travelled to Mountmellick and record a good win over Laois 3-12 to 3-09. The following Sunday the 17th November at home to Wicklow, disappointment the morning as Wicklow inform us they are not travelling. We look forward to 2003 in hope of continuing our winning ways.

Snowflakes are gentle things but look what happens when they stick together. Everyone has dreams they need to believe in.

Dympna O’Brien and Eimear Enright on the Munster inter-provincial team.

History 2003

The Annual Convention took place in the Rathkeale House Hotel on the

28th November 2202 at 8.00 pm.

Following are the officers elected for 2003

Chairperson: Tom Madigan

Vice-chairperson: Dan Cannon

Secretary: Michael Murphy

Assistant Secretary: Ann Sexton

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

Assistant Treasurer: Noel Brosnan

Registrar: Mary Murphy

PRO/Dev. Officer: Catherine Murphy

Language & Culture: Mary Coffey

Post Primary Schools: Timmy Woulfe

Our guest at the convention was Mick Fitzgerald Central Council.

After some hard luck stories last year much attention would focus on the fortunes of ladies gaelic football in Limerick in 2003. But alas the board is still bare of silverware.

This is not to say we did not have a successful year.

Dromcollogher/Broadford did us proud and capture their second successive Feile Crown. Mungret/St Pauls return from All-Ireland sevens and runners up trophys.

St Josephs, Abbeyfeale win Munster Colleges title and Monaleen complete in ladies football for the first time.

That man of many talents, Timmy Woulfe had the Senior Schools final on the

14th January in Mungret. Congratulations to St Josephs, Doon, who were too good for St Josephs, Abbeyfeale on a scoreline 2-13 to 2-02. But it was St Josephs Abbeyfelae who go on to win the Munster “C” final on the 14th March in Kilcornan, defeating Colaiste Mhuire Ennis in the final 3-04 to 1-07. In the All-Ireland semi-final on the 23rd March on a scoreline 2-08 to 1-08.

The fortunes of our County Teams:

Under 14

Cork seeded to semi-final, Limerick have their first game against Clare on the 3rd May in Miltown/Malbay. Limerick 3-08 Clare 1-01.

The 10th May in Abbeyfeale, Limerick 2-03 – Kerry 5-09

The 17th May in Bansha, Limerick 4-04 Waterford 8-05

The 25th May in Ballylanders, Limerick 13-18 Tipperary 1-03.

In an open draw for semi-final, Limerick meet Waterford on the 7th June in Sean Tracey Park, Tipperary. Limerick 2-06 Waterford 1-15. That ended our Munster campaign but travelled to Mullingar on the 14th June for the Under 14 blitz.

Unlucky not to qualify for the closing stages of the competition.

Michael O’Connor, Manager, Colette O’Grady and Noel Brosnan Selectors, took charge of the Under14s. They also looked after the Under 16 team, in which

Carol Murphy assisted at training for a number of weeks.

The Under 16 Munster Championship

Cork and Kerry seeded to semi-finals. Limerick away to Clare played 5th April in the Banner Club Grounds, Ennis. Limerick 5-05 Clare 2-04.

The 11th April in Pallasgreen, Limerick 5-02 Tipperary 1-03.

Semi-final clash against hot favourites Cork on the 18th April in Ballyclough, while Limerick did give them a score in the first half. Cork easy winners in the end. Limerick 1-03 Cork 3-17.

Minor Munster Championship guaranteed two games, the first against Tipperary on the 2nd July in Clogheen. Limerick 3-11 Tipperary 4-13. Very disappointing against Waterford on the 9th July in Sean Tracey Park, Tipperary.

Limerick 0-03 Waterford 5-23.

Our minor management, John Leonard Manager, Eddie O’Sullivan, Dan Cannon and Mike Moynihan Selectors.

The fortunes of our junior team.

The Suzuki national league started in November 2002. Just to recap, 10th November in Mountmellick. Limerick 3-12 Laois 3-09.

The 17th November walk over from Wicklow. Our first game in 2003 was on the

9th February, away from Cork. Due to unclement weather and difficulty with pitches the game played in Bruree. Limerick 0-05 Cork 1-06.

The 16th February in Kildimo, Limerick are no time to take the points from Offaly.

Limerick 1-12 Offaly 1-08.

The 2nd March in Kildimo. Limerick 2-08 Galway 3-09

The 16th March in Cloneen Hurling Ground. Limerick 8-15 Kilkenny 1-03.

League quarter final 13th April in Castledaly. Limerick 5-11 Monaghan 2-06.

League semi-final 20th April in Donaghmore. Limerick 2-08 Cork 2-10.

That completed our league games.

The Munster Championship

The first game played 29th June in Cahir. Limerick 2-10 Tipperary 3-06

The 16th July in Beaufort. Limerick 6-14 – Kerry 0-03

The 19th July in Emly. Limerick 3-11 Waterford 1-06

The 23rd July in Ballyclough. Limerick 2-11 Cork 0-07

The Munster final bank holiday 4th August in Pairc Ui Rinn. Tipperary the opposition. Limerick leading by 6 points at half time and increasing this to seven points minutes into the second half. As time passed, Tipperary were not so far away and ran out winners in the end. Final score Limerick 0-09 Tipperary 0-11. The management of the junior team – John Leonard, Eddie O’Sullivan and Mike Moynihan.

Before our club games, well done to all for making a success of the race night in Knockadrrry on the 3rd May.

The Under 12 competition

Group1

Bruree, Mungret/St Pauls, Oola, Pallasgreeen and St Ailbes.

Group 2

Athea, Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Old Mill, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Gerald Griffins and Monagea.

Played on a league system the “A” Championship semi-finals result as follows:

The 21st May in Feenagh. Bruree 1-03 – Monagea 1-01

The 23rd May in Rathkeale. St Ailbes 2-09 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-01

The final 16th June in Croom. St Ailbes 1-09 Bruree 0-02

The Shield final 17th June in Dromcollogher. Monagea 2-06 – Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-00

The remaining eight teams – open draw for “B” Championship and “B” Shield.

The 23rd May in Mungret. Gerald Griffins 4-06 Oola 0-02

Pallasgreen 1-09 Drom/Broadford 2-02

The 23rd May in Rathkeale

Mungret/St Pauls 5-10 Old Mill 0-00

Athea give walk over to Croom

Semi-finals

31st May in Pallasgreen. Mungret/St Pauls 3-03, Pallasgreen 0-02

31st May in Feenagh. Gerald Griffins 3-03 Croom 1-01

Final 7th July in Rathkeale

Mungret/St Pauls 2-06 Gerald Griffin 0-01

Final Shield 26th June Pallasgreen. Pallasgreen 2-04 Croom 1-02.

The Under 12 completed.

Under 14 competition

Group 1

Gerald Griffins, Dromcollogher/Broadford, Old Mill, Monagea, Fr Caseys and Feohanagh/Castlemahon.

Group 2

St Ailbes, Oola, Ballylanders, Pallasgreen, Mungret/St Pauls, Bruree and Croom.

The league stages compete “A” Championship semi-finals.

The 20th May in Athlacca. St Ailbes 4-09 Monagea 2-02

The 27th may in Croom. Dromcollogher/Broadford 6-05 St Ailbes 5-06

Final “A” Shield 16th June. Ballylanders 3-07 Monagea 1-04.

In the “B” competition, one first round game played on Abbeyfeale

Gerald Griffins 6-07 Fr Caseys 5-02.

Quarter finals

27th May Mungret. Mungret/St Pauls 8-06 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 1-03

3rd June in Feenagh. Bruree 3-02 Gerald Griffins 2-02

11th June in Herberstown. Croom 4-04 Oola 2-04

11th June in Kildimo. Pallasgreen get walkover from Old Mill.

Semi-finals

20th June in Croom. Mungret/St Pauls get walk over from Bruree.

24th June in Croom. Pallasgreen 2-09 Croom 2-06.

Finals “B” Cahmpionship

6th July in Fedamore. Mungret/St Pauls 4-04 Pallasgreen 1-02

“B” Shield 30th June in Athlacca. Croom 5-09 Bruree 1-06

Under 14 completed.

Under 16 competition, Graded A & B

“A” Monagea, Bruree, St Albies, Ballylanders, Mungret/St Pauls, Dromcollogher/Broadford

Top two to emerge for the “A”. Drom/Broadford and Bruree

8th September in Feenagh. Drom/Broadford 5-04 Bruree 3-05

Shield semi-final 7th September in Fedamore. Mungret/St Pauls 0-02 St Ailbes 0-02

Replay the 13th September in Fedamore. Mungret/St Pauls 1-06 St Ailbes 3-10

5th September in Athlacca. Ballylanders 1-14 Monagea 2-07

The final played the 20th September in Hospital.

Final score Ballylanders 4-06 St Ailbes 2-05.

“B” Competition

Athea, Gerald Griffins, Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Pallasgreen, Fr Caseys

In the “B” Championship final played on the 7th September in Glin

Gerald Griffins 1-15 Athea 1-02.

In he “B” Shield semi-final. Pallasgreen 4-14, Fr Caseys 1-05.

Final 4th October in Croom

Palasgreen 4-07 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 4-04.

Under 16 completed.

Minor Championship – knock out

1st round 20th September Monagea. Monagea 6-08 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 1-03

Bruree give walk to Ballylanders.

Quarter final on 28th September in Caherally. St Ailbes 3-09 Gerald Griffins 3-04.

28th September in Coolyroe. Drom/Broadford walk over from Old Mill.

19th October in Rathkeale. Monagea 3-13 Mungret/St Pauls 2-04

Ballylanders walk over from Athea.

Semi-finals

12th October in Croagh. Drom/Broadford 9-07 St Ailbes 2-05

16th November in Ballygran. Monagea 3-06 – Ballylanders 1-02

Final 30th November in Feenagh. Drom/Broadford 4-11 Monagea 3-12

Junior Championship knock-out

Mungret/St Pauls get the bye into the final. Monaleen enter ladies football for the first time but go down to Monagea in the semi-final played on the 12th October in Croom. Monagea 6-22 Monaleen 0-02.

Final 26th October in Croagh. Monagea 13-11 Munster/St Pauls 0-01.

In the All-County League Division 2

Monaleen and Monagea meet in the final on 15th November in Croagh. Monaleen show vast improvement but still lose the game to Monagea.

Final score Monagea 4-16 Monaleen 0-03.

Intermediate Championship

Our intermediate was to be a straight final between Bruree and Dromcollogher/Broadford. It was to be played on the 14th Septmber as a double header with our senior final. Great disappointment Drom/Broadford could not field a team.

Senior Championship Semi-finals

Mungret/St Pauls v Athea

Gerald Griffins v Old Mill.

Set to take place on the 22nd August in Askeaton. Athea overcome Mungret/St Pauls on a score Athea 2-04 Mungret/St Pauls 0-06.

Gerald Griffins get walk over from the Old Mill.

Final 14th September in Askeaton. Athea 2-08 Gerald Griffins 0-10

A third successive title for Athea.

In the All-County League, Gerald Griffins through to the final, great rivals Athea and Mungret/St Pauls meet in a semi-final on the 7th August in Rathkeale. Athea 3-12 Mungret/St Pauls 0-02.

In the final played in Glin on the 14th August. Athea 3-05 Gerald Griffins 0-09.

Athea represented us in the Munster Intermediate Championship, Bruree in the Junior. Both played on the same day 27th September. Bruree travel to Ballynacally for their game against Coolmeen, a good display from Bruree but a win for Coolmeen 5-06 to 3-06. Athea playing in Glin have an easy win over Doonbeg 3-17 to 1-03. The semi-final clash against Naomh Aban took place in Farranfore on the 11th October,

final score Naomh Aban 3-09 Athea 0-03.

Gerald griffins and Mungret/St pauls travel to the All-Ireland sevens in Naomh Mearnog and St Sylvesters Malahide on Saturday 4th October. Gerald Griffins top their group and beaten a point by Aughawilliam in the semi-final of the Intermediate competition. Mungret/St Pauls did make it to the junior final, topping the group, they overcame Eadestown in the semi-final, only to go down to Old Parish in the final.

2-06 to 1-05.

Our under 11 Blitz and Under 13 Blitz took place this year. A very poor turn out in the Under 11 on the 27th September in Mick Neville Park. Old Mill lose out and St Ailbes beat Monagea in the final 5-09 to 1-02. St Ailbes completed the double when they won the Under 13 on the 11th October in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. Monagea once again provide the opposition.

Final score St Ailbes 1-04 Monagea 1-00.

The quarter finals results as follows, 15th June in Croom, Athea beat Oola, 18th June in Ballylanders, Ballylanders too good for Pallasgreen, 21st June in Rathkeale, Mungret/St Pauls beat Fohhanagh/Castlemahon and Gerald Griffins knockout Croom the same day and venue.

Semi-final Friday 26th June in Bruree

Ballylanders 5-07 Athea 5-05

Semi-final on 5th July in Rathkeale

Mungret/St Pauls 2-09 Gerald Griffins 3-06

The replay same venue the 7th September

Mungret/St Pauls 6-08 Gerald Griffins 1-03

Final “B” Championship 21st September in Pallasgreen

Mungret/St Pauls 5-01 Ballylanders 3-03

Final “B” Shield 21st September in Glin

Gerald Griffins 2-12 Athea 0-01

The Under 14 competition completed.

The Under 16 competition graded “A” and “B”

“A” Gerald Griffins, Old Mill, Bruree, Monagea and Dromcollogher/Broadford.

“B” Pallasgreen, Ballylanders, Mungret/St Pauls, St Ailbes.

Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Athea, Pallasgreen withdraw prior to the start of the competition.

The top two teams to emerge from “A”, Bruree and Monagea. Meeting the Under 16 “A” final on the 8th September in Ballygrane, Bruree 1-09 Monagea 0-03.

“A” Shield final on the 18th September in the Old Mill.

Dromcollogher/Broadford.

I suppose knowing what you want is the first stop towards getting it. Drom/Broadford wanted another Feile title. They set out about achieving this when they won the county competition on Easter Sunday 19th April in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. St. Ailbes provided the opposition in the final.

They travelled to Galway for Feile na nOg 11th to 13th July representingt Limerick in Feile for the fourth successive year. After victories over host club Milltown 8-11 to 1-01 Monvea Abbey 80-00 to 0-00, Donaghmoyne 4-03 to 0-00, they meet the Banner in the final. With two minutes remaining in the final and down two goals, they manage to force a draw.

Drom/Broadford 2-01 Banner 1-04.

In extra time they last out the better and win the final on a score 2-04 to 1-06. Back to back titles for Drom/Broadford at Feile.

Congratulations to Eimear Enright our sole selection on the Munster team, inter-provincial winner. Ella O’Shaughnessy in the Munster Junior Final received player of the match trophy. Both players from Gerald Griffins.

Mary Ita Casey, Athea represented Limerick at the TG4 Launch in Croke Park on the 7th July. Limerick had two more girls in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day, when Colette O’Grady and Catherine Murphy, form the Mungret/St Pauls club, ran the line for the senior final.

Limerick along with seven other counties, selected for a pilot scheme for the integration of the GAA Ladies Football and Camogie. President Mary McAleese launched the scheme in Crok Park on the 25th February. The three Limerick organisations met on the 15th April in the Woodlands House hotel, Adare for the inaugural meeting. Donal Fitzgibbon and Owen Hayes from the GAA, Kathleen Coffey and Catherine Hurley from the Camogie. Tom Madigan and Michael Murphy from the ladies Gaelic Football. The interim report was presented on the 26th July in Croke Park.

Looking to the future, Limerick will host Feile na nOg in 2005. In preparation for this a mini Feile for one day will take place in June 2004.

Sadly during 2003, Limerick lost some valued members and friends, Tommy Carrig, Askeaton, a selector with the Under 14 team that brought the first Munster title to the county in 1996. Noami Mulcahy, St Ailbes, a current county player, 16 years of age.

Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anamacha go leir.

Many thanks to the GAA County Board for the use of Mick Neville Park down through the year, the many GAA Clubs for the use of their playing pitches and facilities, the sponsors down through the years and the officers of Clubs and County Board who tried to make a little bit of history in a short pace of time with Ladies Gaelic Football.

While all our dreams did not come though, it leaves us with something to strive for in the future.

Everyday is a new day, a new chance to succeed.

History 2004

The annual Convention took place on the lst December 2003 in Mungret/St Pauls GAA Clubhouse. Outgoing Chairperson, Tom Madigan welcomed the following clubs who attended:

Mungret/St Pauls Monagea Ballylanders

St Ailbes Fr. Caseys Old Mill

Bruree Pallasgreen Croom

Athea Gerald Griffins Michael Nash, Limerick VEC

Guests on the night were Donal Fitzgibbon, National Chairperson Feile Committee, and Steven Lynch, Treasurer Central Council, Cumann Peil Gael na nBan. Donal spoke on Feile 2005, which Limerick would be hosting, Steven spoke on the wonderful game we had and the injury fund. Tom thanked them for their attendance. He thanks the GAA County Board for Mick Neville Park where training county teams took place, GAA clubs for the use of their facilities, he congratulated the winners and runners up, and all the clubs that participated in the various competitions. The Treasurer Kathleen Murphy, her report showed €1,394 in deposit account and €860 in the current account.

The following officers elected for 2004:

Chairperson: Tom Madigan

Secretary: Michael Murphy

Assistant Secretary: Ann Sexton

Treasurer: Kathleen Murphy

Registrar: Mary Murphy

PRO Colette O’Grady

Development Officer: Catherine Murphy

Irish Lang. Officer: Mary Coffey

Delegates Munster Council: Michael Murphy

John O’Grady

Delegates Central Council: Michael Murphy

John O’Grady

Delegates Annual Congress: Kathleen Murphy

John O’Grady

The Secretary, Michael Murphy, gave his account of how club and county teams performed during the year. A year in which Limerick can feel proud of their achievements. The junior team reach Division 3 final of Susuki National League, only to lose out to Wexford in injury time. Athea win All-Ireland Intermediate 7 a side and Munster Intermediate Championship. St Ailbes do us proud at Feile in Tyrone.

Now the fortunes of our county team for 2004. Our Under 14 Manager, Marie Halvey, selectors, Dan Cannon, Colette O’Grady, Judy O’Connor and

Daithi McCarthy. The first game against Cork in Pairc ni Runn, 10th April, final score Cork 8-11 to 0-07.

The following Saturday 17th April in Mungret, Limerick 4-14 Clare 0-02. Saturday

1st May in Tipperary town, Limerick 5-07 Waterford 5-06. The 15th May in Cahir prior to the Division 3 final, Limerick 3-13 Tipperary 1-00. The final game against Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney on the 23rd May, score Kerry 3-18 Limerick 1-06. Limerick would meet Waterford in the Munster Plate final. This game took place on the 9th June in Tipperary town, on this occasion Limerick disappoint and lose on a score line Waterford 1-15 Limerick 0-03.

The team travel to Rochfordbridge for the Under 14 Blitz on the 21st August. Gave a good account of themselves without reach final stages.

And now the fortunes of our Under 16 team with Catherine Murphy as Manager and selectors Mike McGovern, Noel Brosnan and Mary Murphy. The team had their first game against Kerry on the 3rd April in Dromcollogher, final score Kerry 9-09 Limerick 1-07.

The 15th April in Goatenbridge, Limerick 4-16 Tipperary 3-09. The 18th April in Kildimo, close call against Clare, final score Limerick 1-13 Clare 2-09. This win gave them a semi-final game against Waterford, played in Kilworth 24th April final score, Waterford 3-16 Limerick 4-05. That finished the Under 16 involvement in the Championship.

Our minor team, Manager John Leonard, selectors Eddie O’Sullivan, Mike Moynihan and Pat Higgins. The first game in Croagh on the 8th April against Clare, final score Clare 1-08 Limerick 0-07. The next game in Oola on the 23rd April against Waterford, final score Limerick 0-06 Waterford 1-13. Our minor championship campaign over.

Our junior team under the same management as the minor team opened their All-Ireland Suzuki National League on 23rd November 2003 in Bushy Park, Dungarvan, a one point win for Waterford, final score 3-10 to 2-12. The next game on the 8th February 2004 in Feenagh against Kerry, another one point defeat, Limerick 2-07 Kerry 3-05. This defeat may have been responsible for the withdrawal of some players from the junior planel. A win in the next game was vital and the points were secured on the 22nd February in Drom/Inch again Dublin, final score Limerick 3-13 to 0-05.

Another victory on the 28th March in Horeswood, Wexford 1-05 Limerick 1-13. The previous evening Limerick had their sleep in Rathgormick, they needed the points from the Wexford game to reach the quarter final. They played their quarter final on the 11th April in St. Lomans, Mullingar against Derry, final score Limerick 6-08 Derry 1-15. Another game against Dublin in the semi-final, this time in Mountmellick on the 2nd May. Limerick survive on a scoreline 1-08 to 2-03.

All roads lead to Cahir on the 15th May for the final against Wexford. In a most exciting game Wexford snatch victory in the fifth minute of injury time. Limerick having a ten point lead early in the second half. Final score Wexford 3-12

Limerick 2-13.

If the heart is not involved, they say failure is never fatal. Limerick seemed to lose some heart for their Munster Championship campaign, where in Mungret on the

30th June, the first game against Tipperary, a one point defeat Limerick 2-07

Tipperary 2-08, the introduction Ten Bin Rule did not help Limerick’s cause on this occasion.

The next game was against Waterford, played in Emly on the 10th July, final score Limerick 1-14 Waterford 0-09. Another victory was recorded on the 17th July in Tourafulla against Kerry, score Limerick 2-12 Kerry 0-06. A victory in the final game was crucial to stay in the championship, but Cork put paid to our chances on the 28th July in Ballygran, final score Limerick 3-03 Cork 2-11.

In conjunction with the Munster Championship, Cailure Oga had their first game in Emly on the 10th July against Clare, ending in a draw, Limerick 0-09 Clare 2-03. The second game in Tournafulla on the 17th July, Kerry 6-12 imerick 0-03. The Cailure Oga under the same management as the Under 14 team.

While its nice to win, playing the game that matters and doing your best. Thanks to all players, manager and mentors for the enjoyment the county teams gave during the year.

The County Championships

Starting with the Under 12 competition, 13 clubs divided into two groups.

Group 1

Croom Bruree Mungret/St Pauls

Pallasgreen St Ailbes Oola

Ballylanders

Group 2

Athea Old Mill Gerald Griffins

Monagea Dromcollogher/Broadford Feohanagh/Castlemahon

Played on a league system, the top two teams from each group to meet in the semi-finals of the “A” Championship. Beaten semi-finalist meet in the “A” Shield final.

The first semi-final on the 26th May in Bruree

St Ailbes 1-08 Dromcollogher/Broadford 2-02

The second semi-final on the 28th May in Feenagh

Bruree 4-08 Monagea 1-01

Under 12 “A” C final in Kildimo on the 3rd June

St Ailbes 1-05 Bruree 0-04

Under 12 “A” Shield final in Feenagh on the 3rd June

Dromcollogher/Broadford 2-02 Monagea 1-02.

Play for the “B” Championship and Shield.

First round game Ballylanders 6-10 Mungret/St Pauls 1-02

Played on the 3rd June in Herberstown.

Quarter final on the 28th May in Mungret

Feohanagh/Castlemahon 2-08 Oola 0-00

Quarter final on the 4th June in Rathkeale

After extra time Croom 2-06 Athea 2-04.

The remaining quarter finals played on the 8th June in Bruree

Ballylanders 9-12 Old Mill 1-02

Pallasgreen 9-03 Gerald Griffins 4-00

First semi-final 14th June in Bruree

Ballylanders 4-10 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 2-08

In the other semi-final Pallasgreen unable to play Croom on a specific date, Croom walk over.

In the “B” Championship final on the 13th September in Herberstown

Ballylanders 6-03 Croom 0-01.

In the “B” Shield final on the 20th September in Mungret

Feohanagh/Castlemahon and Pallasgreen end up even, 2-04 a piece, after extra time still level 3-04 each.

The replay took place a week later on the 27th September in Mungret,

Pallasgreen 1-06 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-03.

The Under 14 competition the same format as the Under 12.

Group 1

Dromcollogher/Broadford Monagea Old Mill

Feohanagh/Castlemahon Fr Caseys Athea

Gerald Griffins

Group 2

Bruree Croom Oola

Mungret/St Pauls Pallasgreen St Ailbes

Ballylanders

The semi-finals on the 31st May in Croom

Oola 4-14 Dromcollogher/Broadford 2-02

St Ailbes 5-09 Monagea 2-03.

Under 14 “A” Championship final on the 21st June in Cappamore

St Ailbes 4-06 Oola 1-05

Under 14 “A” Shield final on the 25th June in Feenagh

Monagea 2-03 Dromcollogher/Broadford 2-01

In the “B” Championship, two first round game before quarter-finals. Bruree and Gerald Griffins advance at the expense of Croom and Athea respectively.

Quarter final on the 21st June in Mungret

Mungret/St Pauls 3-10 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 2-07

Quarter-final on the 22nd June in Feenagh

Ballylanders 2-08 Fr Caseys 1-04.

Quarter-final on the 22nd June in Rathkeale

Bruree 3-09 Gerald Griffins 1-08

Pallasgreen and Old Mill scratch from the competition giving Bruree a free passage to the final.

In the semi-final on the 12th September in Herberstown

Ballylanders 1-10 Mungret/St Pauls 2-07 – draw.

Replay on the 19th September in Hospital

Ballylanders 4-02 Mungret/St Pauls 1-07

Under 14 “B” Championship final on the 25th September in Elfin

Ballylanders 1-16 Bruree 2-00

Mungret/St Pauls awarded the “B” Shield.

The Under 16 competition took on a new format this year. The competition graded into A, B and C Competitions.

“A” Competition

Dromcollogher/Broadford St Ailbes Bruree

Mungret/St Pauls Ballylanders

“B” Competition

Pallasgreen Old Mill Gerald Griffins

Monagea Feohanagh/Castlemahon

“C” Competition

Fr Caseys Oola Glin

Croom

The top two teams from each group into the final.

The “C” final competed first on the 26th September in Feenagh

Fr Caseys 3-11 Croom 1-03

Fr Caseys collected another trophy when they beat Oola in the first game in Bruree on the 18th September.

Fr Caseys 4-04 Oola 2-05, New Clubs Trophy

The “B” final played in Croom on the 10th October

Monagea 7-07 Pallasgreen 4-04

In the “A” final, St Ailbes and Dromcollogher/Broadford to meet on the 23rd October in Croom, inclement weather disrupted the plan and refixed for the 29th October in Fedamore, final score St Ailbes 1-07 Drom/Broadford 1-02.

In the Minor Championships, four teams in the “A” competition and eight clubs for the “B” Championship divided into two groups.

In the “A”, Bruree, Monagea, Ballylanders and Dromcollogher/Broadford.

In the “A” final on the 21st November in Ballingarry

Dromcollogher/Broadford Bruree

Group 1 “B” Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Pallasgreen, St Ailbes, and Mungret/St Pauls.

Group 2 “B”. Athea, Old Mill, Glin and Gerald Griffins

Top two teams from each group into semi-finals. First semi-final on the

21st November in Kildimo

Mungret/St Pauls get walk over from Gerald Griffins

Second semi-final on the 27th November in Bruree

St Ailbes 2-09 Athea 1-08.

Final on the 4th December in Rathbane (Old Christians)

Mungret/St Pauls 2-06 St Ailbes 2-04.

Junior league four teams, Monaleen, Mungret/St Pauls, Abbey Sarsfields and Gerald Griffins. After league rounds completed, Mungret/St Pauls and Gerald Griffins contest the final on the 14th August in Kildimo.

Mungret/St Pauls 4-10 Gerald Griffins 2-04

Only two teams for the Junior Championship. The final played on the 17th October in Rathbane

Monaleen 4-07 Mungret/St Pauls 1-02

The teams for the Intermediate Championship, the final played on the 10th September in Feenagh

Monagea 6-09 Bruree 1-06.

Senior Championship

Semi-finals on the 5th September in Askeaton

Athea 2-07 Gerald Griffins 0-07

Mungret/St Pauls 1-10 Brian Borus 2-07 (draw)

The replay on the 8th September in Croagh

Mungret/St Pauls 2-05 Brian Borus 0-09

Brien Borus an amalgamation of Old Mill and Dromcollogher/Broadford. The final took place on Sunday 12th September in Askeaton.

Athea 4-05 Mungret/St Pauls 0-07

To decide who would represent Limerick at Feile na nOG in Tyrone, the preliminary rounds of the Feile took place on the 3rd April in Fedamore, and the semi-finals and final were played the following day in Croom.

Semi-final results

Ballylanders 0-06 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-00

St Ailbes 1-06 Oola 0-01

Final: St Ailbes 1-02 Ballylanders 1-01.

St Ailbes hosted by Loughmacrory also play Killeshill and Trugh but fail to make the final in Division 1.

In preparation for Feile na nOg 2005, Limerick hosted Feile in Munahan on Saturday 12th June.

Oola host Group 1, Monagea host Group 2, Group 3 played in Mick Neville Park and Feoganagh/Castlemahon host Group 4.

All teams parade in Askeaton before the finals. Cahir (Tipperary) top Group 1 and meet Group 2 winners Monagea in the final at Ballingarry. Vistors for Cahir, Group 3 winners Dromcollogher/Broadford hold out against Group 4 winner Cooraclare in Newcastlewest.

Thanks to all that helped and participated.

To complete our underage ages on Under 13 Blitz in Mick Neville Park on Saturday 16th Novedmber. Monagea and St Ailbes for the final,

final score Monagea 1-00 St Ailbes 0-01.

The 13th November in Mungret Under 11 Blitz, 9 a side final.

St Ailbes 0-12 Monagea 1-01.

Outside the county, Monagea represented Limerick in the Munster Junion Championship on the 25th September in Feenagh.

Monagea 3-08 Templemore (Tipperary) 2-15.

In the Intermediate Championship, Athea representing Limerick for the fourth successive year in the championship met Old Parish (Waterford) on the 25th September in Tipperary Town, final score Athea 2-07 Old Parish 1-07.

Semi-final played on the 10th October in Knocknagoshel,

Athea 2-07 Dr Crokes (Kerry) 1-04.

In the Munster final played on the 16th October in Dr. crokes, Killarney, against Beara (Cork)

Athea 1-09 Beara 2-04.

Their guest for All-Ireland glory ended in the semi-final on the 7th November in Kiltoom. Having travelled the evening before they go down to St. Bridget’s (Roscommon). St Bridgets 1-11 Athea 1-06. But Athea did win an All-Ireland on the 2nd October in Naomh Mearnog, Intermediate 7 a side winners, beating Old Parish (Waterford) by two points in the final. Gerald griffins and Mungret/St Pauls also took part in the 7 a side the same weekend.

While we have no All-Stars, some players did receive awards during year. Cathriona Ambrose (Gerald Griffns) sole selection on Munster team, Intermediate winners. VEC Awards for Dyan Carroll (Old Mill and Siobhan McCarthy Dromcollogher/Broadford. City Board awards for Olivia Giltenane (Mungret/St Pauls) and Fiona Ryan (Monaleen). Sarah Hourigan (Mungret/St Pauls) a City Board award for camogie. The player that soared the highest was Maedhbh Nash, when she made a helecopter dash after finishing her football game in Kiltoon to start her camogie game with Granagh/Ballingorry in the All-Ireland finalm Parnell Park at 2.30pm. Congratulations on your Munster double, football with Athea, camogie with Granagh/Ballingarry. She also represented Limerick at the Suzaki launch in Croke Park, as did Olivia Giltenane the TG launch.

Timmy Woulfe looked after our post primary competitions. Hazelwood College beat St. Josephs Doon in the senior final. St Jospehs, Abbeyfeale win the senior B final, overcoming Doon. The junior title also for Hazelwood College too good for Hospital in the final. In the junior B final, Doon beat Copsewood College (Palliskenny) in the final. No luck in the Munster Championships.

Prospects are much brighter for 2005 as Hazelwood College in senior B Munster final. St Joseph Doon in senior C and junior C finals.

Many thanks to the Woodlands House Hotel, P. J. Bar for their sponsorship during the year. For 2005 Textile Print and Embroidery will sponsor the county teams.

Everyone involved in Ladies Football will have their own view on how Limerick performed in 2004. Success and failure both can be greatly over-rated. Success covers many blunders, but failure can give us a lot more to talk about.

Looking forward to 2005, lets talk about Feile Peil na nOg which Limerick will host on the 1st 2nd and 3rd July. The target is to have 20 Under 14 Limerick clubs.

It is often said and sung “whats another year”. In Limerick after 2005, lets say

“what a year”.

Congratulations to members who got engaged, married and had additions to their families.

Sincere sympathy to those who suffered bereavements during the year.

Ar dheis De go raibh a n-omaunlche go leir.

Well done to all the Officers and members who promoted Ladies Gaelic Football during the year and the years past.

As the Chinese would say

“May you live in interesting times”