Na Piarsaigh GAA (Limerick)

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Na Piarsaigh [nˠə ˈpʲiəɾˠsˠiː] is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated on the north side of Limerick City, Ireland. It was founded in 1968. Following their 1-15 to 3-11 victory in the 2014 Limerick Intermediate Football Championship over St. Senans, Na Piarsaigh are one of three dual Senior club in hurling & football in Limerick. The club currently field five adult teams three in Hurling (senior, Intermediate & Junior A) and two in Football (Senior & Junior A), the most of any club in Limerick. In 2011, Na Piarsaigh won their first ever Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship.[1][2] In November 2015, Na Piarsaigh won their third Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship after a 2-18 to 2-11 win against Ballygunner in the final.[3][4][5] On St. Patricks day 2016 Na Piarsaigh won their first ever All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship beating Ruairí Óg, Cushendall 2-25 to 2-14 in Croke Park, becoming the first ever Limerick Club to do so. In November 2016 Na Piarsaigh won the Limerick Junior 'A' County Hurling Championship beating fellow city club St. Patrick's 1-16 to 1-12, earning promotion to the Limerick Intermediate Hurling championship for 2017 and becoming the only club in Limerick to field teams in both the Senior & Intermediate County Hurling Championships.


Na Piarsaigh GAA
Na Piarsaigh
Na Piarsaigh Limerick Crest.jpg
Founded: 1968
County: Limerick
Colours: Sky Blue and White
Grounds:

Páirc ui Dromgúl, Elm Drive,

Caherdavin, Limerick
Coordinates: 52°40′15.43″N 8°40′7.01″W / 52.6709528°N 8.6686139°W / 52.6709528; -8.6686139Coordinates: 52°40′15.43″N 8°40′7.01″W / 52.6709528°N 8.6686139°W / 52.6709528; -8.6686139
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Munster
champions
Limerick
champions
Hurling: 1 3 3

Club Formation[edit]

The formation of Na Piarsaigh G.A.A. Club was initiated in the industrial boom time of the 1960s and the inaugural meeting was held in the Ardhú House Hotel on Tuesday January 16, 1968 when the attendance included Rev.Fr.J.Browne C.C and three officials of the Limerick County Board - Jackie O'Connell, Chairman; Tom Boland, Secretary and Mick O'Brien, Treasurer.


Opening the meeting, Mr. Noel Drumgoole said that the fine attendance was most heartening and an indication of the interest in the formation of the G.A.A. club in the parish. He paid tribute to Treaty Sarsfields for their work in promoting gaelic games on the north side of the city,but stressed that in view of the considerable housing development in areas such as Greystones, Highfield, Mayorstone, Clareview and Caherdavin a new club, which initially would cater solely for underage players, was a very definite necessity. Many children were not given the opportunity of playing Gaelic games or any other games in fact, due to the deplorable lack of playing pitches and open spaces in the area.

Mr. Jackie O'Connell expressed his delight at the formation of the club and promised the full support of the county board. He outlined details of the various grants which would be forthcoming for the purchase and development of a playing field and mentioned that particular consideration is given by the Central Council of the G.A.A., by way of additional grants to clubs in city areas.

Fr. Browne spoke at length on the importance of providing recreational facilities for the youth of the parish.

After many suggestions were made it was unanimously agreed that the club would be called "Cumann Na Piarsaigh".

It was agreed that for 1968 Na Piarsaigh would enter teams in the City Bord na nÓg competitions in the under 14, 15 and 16 grades in both hurling and football. Street leagues and challenge games were also arranged to ensure that the boys interested in gaelic games would be afforded the chance to do so.

Pending the purchase of land, the club decided to avail of the offer of a fine playing pitch in Caherdavin.In accordance with top level G.A.A. policy the meeting decided that Na Piarsaigh would place particular emphasis on social activities for the members and towards this end it was envisaged that a pavilion and Pitch and Putt course would be included in their proposed pitch and complex.

The following officers were elected to guide the destiny of Na Piarsaigh in their initial year. President; Rev.Fr.Browne, C.C Holy Rosary Parish. Chairman; Mr. Noel Drumgoole, Greystones Vice Chairman; Mr.Eddie O'Connor, Highfield. Secretary; Mr.Tom McInerney,Caherdavin. Treasurer; Mr.Mossy O'Grady, Mayorstone. Committee: Messrs.Michael Cotter, Greystones; Donal Curtin, Mayorstone; Jimmy Custy, Clareview; Oliver Moran, Clareview; Frank Cleary, Caherdavin; Jim Beary, O'Callaghan Strand; Michael O'Brien, Shelbourne Road; Paddy O'Malley, Shelbourne Park; Flan O'Neill, Greystones; Jack Ryan, Greystones; John Rowsome, Shelbourne Park.

Underage Development[edit]

Na Piarsaigh has traditionally well-developed juvenile structures which is reflected by the success of the underage teams at both divisional and county level. The pinnacle of this success was the U14 All Ireland Féile na nGeal Hurling Championship winning team of 1984. As with most GAA clubs, underage development is complimented by well-established links with the local schools. Most of Na Piarsaigh's younger players attend Scoil Chríost Rí Caherdavin or John F. Kennedy memorial school. There is also a strong link to local secondary school, Ardscoil Rís, with Na Piarsaigh players making significant contributions to the very successful Dr. Harty Cup panels of 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Honours[edit]

Hurling

Football

  • Intermediate County Championship (2) - 1975, 2014
  • County Junior A Championship (1) - 2006
  • County U21 B championship (1) - 2011
  • County U21 Championship (2) - 1973, 1997
  • County Minor Championship (2) - 1981, 1994
  • County U16 Championship (6) - 1975, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993
  • County U14 Championship (3) - 1983, 1984, 1992, 2013(B)
  • County U12 Championship (3) - 1984, 1985, 2003

Inter-county Hurlers[edit]

Inter-County Footballers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Na Piarsaigh take hurling crown with thrilling finish". Irish Examiner. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Na Piarsaigh win Munster title". Limerick Leader. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Powerful Piarsaigh's blistering pace too much for tired Bridge". Irish Examiner. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 4-14 Sixmilebridge 0-08". RTÉ Sport. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stack leads Piarsaigh past weary 'Bridge". Irish Independent. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Immortality for Na Piarsaigh as Cushendall rue big-day flop". Irish Examiner. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Munster club decider ends all square". Irish Examiner. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Supersub Breen lends finishing touch to magnificent breakthrough for Na Piarsaigh". Irish Independent. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Powerful Piarsaigh's blistering pace too much for tired Bridge". Irish Examiner. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Na Piarsaigh use grit and experience to wear down Ballygunner". Irish Examiner. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "The famine finishes for Na Piarsaigh in fine style". Irish Times. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Downes sets the tone for Na Piarsaigh to grind it out". Irish Independent. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Na Piarsaigh pounce late". Irish Examiner. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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