Newcastle West GAA

Founded 1897

Co. Limerick

Club Notes April 4, 2022

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Our weekly lotto draw took place in our club house on Monday evening last 4th April. The numbers drawn were 12, 26, 28, 30. There was no Jackpot winner, so next week the jackpot will increase to €2,800. The lucky dip winners of €40 each were Freda Kavanagh c/o Mary Kenny, Susan McCarthy, Breda McCarthy c/o Noel O’Connor, Tom Purcell c/o Pat Condon, Ruadhan O’Connor c/o Niall O’Connor.

Our tickets are now on sale for €2.00 each or 3 for €5. They can be purchased online at click on Lotto on the drop down menu or through any of the local outlets/promoters selling same. A reminder to those of you on social media, that our draw goes out live every Monday evening at 8.30 p.m on Facebook. We thank you all for your continued support.

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Comórtaisí Cheannais na Mumhan 2022

Scór na nÓg Munster Final took place last Sunday, April 3rd in Halla na Féile in Cahel, Co. Tipperary. In the Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht (Storing Telling / Recitation) event, the Limerick entrant was Darragh Fitzgerald representing Newcastle West GAA Club and Limerick County. The four other competitors in Darragh’s event came from Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Clare, with the latter been announced winner on the day. The Storing Telling / Recitation competition was of a very high standard with all competitors bringing their “A game” to the stage to secure a place on in the All Ireland Final. On the day Darragh performed a local, well-known story, “The Railway Line to Ardagh” by Paddy Fayley. Darragh performed the piece excellently and had the audience in fits as laughter as he presented his story with confidence and clarity! All in Newcastle West GAA Club are very proud of Darragh and of his achievements in the Scór na nÓg Competition this year. Maith Thú Darragh!! Comhghairdeas to Adelle O’ Sullivan from Athea GAA Club who was crowned Munster Champion in the solo singing competition. This was Limerick’s first Munster Scór na nÓg winning title in ten years. Go néirí an t-ádh leat Adelle and Limerick in the All Ireland Final Scór na nÓg Final. Watch this space and follow Newcastle West GAA on social media for details of Scór Sinsir 2022 which will take place later this year!! “Bígí linn agus bígí ann”!!

Limerick Football

Last Saturday was a memorable day for many club members, when Limerick Footballers graced the hallowed turf of Croke Park, to play the Division 3 League Football Final v Louth. Alas on the day a goal for Louth proved to be a turning point who went onto win the title, however our footballers can be extremely proud of their achievement in securing Division 2 status for 2023. We congratulate Iain Corbett (Capt), Cian Sheehan, Diarmaid Kelly, Billy Lee (Manager), Shane Kelly (Selector), Austin Geraghty, Jimmy Lee, James Hennessy and Liam “Wally” Keane (Backroom team) on a fantastic league campaign and wish you all the best in the forthcoming championship. On Sunday night when tuning into League Sunday, it was an exceptionally proud moment for us as a club to hear Iain Corbett being selected on the League Sunday team of the year. Due recognition of Iain’s prowess on the playing pitch. We as a club are delighted and congratulate Iain for a fantastic achievement to add to his All Star nomination.

Mackey Cup 2022 – Primary School Hurling Competition

We were well represented on the West Mackey Cup team. The West reached the final last week in Bruff v East Limerick. However it wasn’t to be on the day for the West with East Limerick taking the honours for 2022. We congratulate Thomas Hanley, Max Normoyle (both Courtenay NS), Tiernan & Jack Horgan (Killoughteen NS) and Kian O’Keeffe (Gaelscoil) on representing their schools and club.

Sarsfield Cup 2020 – Primary School Football Competition

This competition got underway yesterday Tuesday 5th April at Mick Neville Park when West Limerick played East Limerick in the Semi Final, we were represented by Thomas Hanley, Aaron Mullenger (both Courtenay NS) and Jack & Tiernan Horgan (Killoughteen NS). James Hennessy is a Selector with the side. Congratulations to you all on representing your respective schools and your club. Result not known at time of writing. Further details next week.

Juvenile Club News

Our U15s got their season up and running in Division 2A of the Hurling Championship away to Killacolla Gaels in Bruree last Monday week (March 28th) where they were lucky to come away with a draw. While leading by a point at half time (1-1 to 0-3) thanks to a Darragh O'Keeffe free and a goal from Paul Logue the home side took the lead with 3 points without reply in the second half before Sean Fitzgerald got NCW back on the scoresheet to leave us a point behind (1-2 to 0-6) with 10 minutes to go. Killacolla had gone two clear before Declan O'Grady at full forward got the better of his man to send an unstoppable shot to the back of the net. The magpies defended bravely, a point up and 5 minutes on the clock but right at the death the home side converted a long range free to share the points.

On Monday (April 4th) the U15s welcomed a strong Shannon Gaels/Athea side to Pairc na nGael for the opening fixture in Division 1A of the Football Championship. Shannon Gaels/Athea reached the Final of Feile Peil na nog a few weeks ago beating NCW in the group stages so NCW knew well the quality of the opposition. Before we took to the field the players were asked to up their game and work hard and that they certainly did. We opened the scoring with a goal and a 2 points from Darragh Tierney. Midway through the first half a Paul Logue free found Killian McAulliffe unmarked on the edge of the square to fire home form close range putting the home side ahead 2-2 to 0-2. The visitors added 2 more points and started to put us under severe pressure. At full strectch Marius Palenz in goals denied the visitors a goal at the end of the first half leaving it 2-2 to 0-4 at half time. Shannon Gaels/Athea started to chip away at our lead and midway through the second half they took the lead. A hammer blow followed with 2 goals conceded in as many minutes. The score at fulltime 2-2 to 2-10 certainly doesn't reflect the hard work of the home side. They can be very proud of their performance.

Our U13 hurlers were looking forward to their first fixture of the Season last Thursday (March 31st) at home to Croom in Division 2. Unfortunately the fixture did not go ahead with Croom conceding a walkover.

The U11 footballers were in action this week (Tuesday April 5th) at home to Monagea.

Best of luck to the U7 and U9 squads who return to training this Friday, April 8th at 6pm, at the All Weather pitch / Ball Wall / Main pitch. New players are always very much welcome. Why not come along and give it a go - learn new skills and make lifelong friends.

Are you interested in getting involved in your local GAA Club?

If the answer to this question is Yes, don’t be shy, contact us 087 6381319 or via social media. A Cead Mile Failte awaits you. We are crying out for volunteers in all areas. Many hands make light work.

Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Round 3

Round 3 action continues this Saturday night April 9th at Limerick Greyhound Stadium with the gates open from 6.30 p.m. After a fantastic performance again in Round 2 last time out, the NCW GAA dog Stories Archie progresses to Round 3. The 2022 competition is kindly sponsored by Noreen & JP McManus. Be part of the action, come along to see the greyhound stars of the future in action as they compete for the €80,000 first prize. Each greyhound is assigned to a local Limerick GAA Club with each club in the running to win an impressive €10,000. Support your local club’s greyhound each and every Saturday night.

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