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We were honored to be chosen as the Limerick club to host the launch the All Ireland Hurling Championship. It was a day of smiles as our young players got the chance of a lifetime to meet their county hero’s on a day a lot will not forget, Tuesday 9 July 2019.
You may have noticed the busy hands around the place painting and cleaning up the pitches and clubhouse. The juvenile pitches are looking fantastic with the painted goal posts and new nets. We would like to thank Ger Keane, John Moriarity and their crew that worked hard to get the place looking like a new pin.
On the pitches we had a display of all our codes with U-8 hurling, football, U-14 Camogie and U-12 Ladies Football which showcased how great our club is in all aspects to the GAA President, John Horan and his family. These matches were going on as the RTE cameras were working their way around the pitches and interviewing the GAA names that arrived on the day from Tipperary- Brendan Maher, Laois- Joe Phelan, Cork- Seamus Hardney, Wexford- Kevin Foley and a player who needed no introduction to the children was Limericks Aaron Gillane. Mungret St. Pauls players were photographed with the county players and the GAA president and had an opportunity to get photographs and autographs. The county players were brought inside where Sky Sports Damien Lawlor took charge and introduced the Mungret St. Pauls Chairman, Mike O’Connell to the press and invited guests. Mike talked about how winning the Liam MacCarthy last year made a difference to the people of Limerick. John Horan, the President of the GAA was introduced next and while being a Dublin man was saddened to see Laois take Dublin out of the running, he wished each team the best of luck and went on to talk highly about our clubs future plans, our ambition to achieve success and our involvement with the community.
Damien then proceeded to introduce each player as they took their seat on the stage and a questions and answers to each player followed. Each player gave a great account of themselves and their counties. Once this was over Damien thanked everyone and the press were then allowed to present their own interviews with each player in the lounge and on the pitch. The Woodlands supplied a fantastic feast for all who attended which was, as always a splendid dinner with very tempting deserts.
We would like to Thank and acknowledge John Cregan and Mike O’Riordan on the Limerick County board for considering Mungret St. Pauls for this prestigious event and allowing our players to be part of it. We wish Limerick Senior Hurlers the Best of Luck in their fight for the Liam MacCarthy.
Our 3 day summer camp began on Monday 1 July and ran until Wednesday 3 July. We were delighted to have just under 100 children attending the camp with our own coaches leading the children in the fun filled days.Thank you to our supervisors who without them the camp would not be able to be run so easily- to Kevin, Wanda and Teresa. Well done to our coaches for keeping the children all entertained for the 3 days Ailbhe, Aoife, Brian, Ciara, David, Darragh, Eamonn, Kieran, Niamh, Odhran and Shauna. Each child who attended the camp received a pair of COBI socks and were delighted with the extra treat of icecream along with fruit and water supplied by Centra, Raheen who we thank for their support. It is great to see the children delighted to eat the fruit on offer.
Mungret St. Pauls 4-13 Oola 3-3
In Mick Neville Park in wintery miserable weather where the rain just got worse as the game progressed on Sunday 23 June our U-14 footballers played Oola in the Shield Final, it was a great game of skill and determination.
Mungret St. Pauls were playing into the strong wind in the first half and started very strong with a striking goal, Oola replied with a point. Mungret St. Pauls split the uprights 3 more times before Oola attacked our backs and after a scramble at the goal mouth the ball was seen going into the back of the net. Mungret St. Pauls went straight up the the other end but failed to convert a score, they did keep the ball in that end of the pitch for a good while and eventually from a free the ball was kicked to a Mungret St. Pauls player standing in the right place and the ball was sent to the back of the net. This is where the first half ended, Mungret St. Pauls 2-3 Oola 1-1.
The second half Mungret St. Pauls pulled out all the stops and from the restart were putting the Oola backs under pressure scoring a point and then with another kick of the ball secured their third goal, this was followed up with another 2 points. Oola did not let the score beat them, they pointed from a free, Mungret St. Pauls pointed another 3 points and finished it off with their last goal. Oola went straight back up to the Mungret St. Pauls goals and struck 2 balls into the back of our net with in minutes, this refreshed the Oola team but also brought Mungret St. Pauls back to finish off their score with another 4 points. In the last minutes of the game there was a penalty awarded to Mungret St. Pauls just as Oola had replaced their goalie, all eyes were on the goals, the ball was struck toward the left corner but the quick movement of the goalie sent the ball out to be cleared, there was a great cheer from the Oola subs bench and from all the supporters at the match for this fantastic way to end the game for Mungret St. Pauls who did not need the goal and to Oola who could talk about their players great action in goals.
The shield was awarded to the Mungret St. Pauls Captain, Cian Maloney.
Team on the day; Jake Foley, Brian Hassett, Ben Gallagher, James Corcoran, Darragh Johnston, Cian Maloney, Tom Lloyd, John Wright, Mark O’Brien, Fintan Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Hynes, Muiris Ahern, Luke Walsh, Marcus Lyons, Evan McInerney, Conor Morgan, Christy Carroll, Cian Kinnevane, Cian Baggot, Darragh Hogan, Conor Johnston, Christopher McSweeney, Cian O’Sullivan.
Management; David Foley, Paul Walsh, Denis Maloney, Maggie O’Neill, Liam O’Connell.