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WEDNESDAY, MAY31,2017 €1 facebook.com/limerickleader @limerick_leader www.limerickleader.ie LIMERICKANDPROUD ALL OUR YESTERDAYS INSIDE TAKING A LOOK BACK AT LIMERICK THROUGH THE DECADES TURNTOPAGE 2 Mayoral reception for city chicks SEVERAL little newborn chicks received a warm Mayoral reception at Our Lady Queen of Peace primary school this Tuesday afternoon. For four weeks, Andrew Daly's 4th class pupils have been hatching a plan to incubate more than 20 chicken eggs and monitor them until they came out of their shell. In one of his final school visits as Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kieran O'Hanlon arrived into the classroom, intrigued by the kids' clever project. Principal Mi- chael Ryan described it is as a "fantastic project. There is big credit to the teacher, and to the children who looked after them," he said PICTURE: KEITH WISEMAN PIGTOWN RIDES AGAIN Initiativetoshowcase thebestofLimerick’s foodlaunchedatMilk Market.Page8 ACCUSED TOLD TO STAY OFF DONE DEAL Man accused of selling car after tampering with mileage A MAN who is accused of selling a second-hand car after ‘clocking’ the mileage has been ordered not use the popular Done Deal web- site as a condition of bail. James O’Donoghue, aged 28, of Carrigroe, Mitchestown, County Cork was brought before Limerick District Court yesterday after he was charged with deception. Detective Garda Paul Crowley said he arrested the defendant at his home on Monday night and that he Charged: James O’Donoghue DAVID HURLEY e-mail: david.hurley@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @dhurleyll ▲ Featuring a host of Irish and International FOOD TRUCKS PEOPLE’S PARK LIMERICK FREE ENTRY This Holiday Weekend 1st-5th JUNE MEDIA PARTNERS VINTAGE CARNIVAL LIVE MUSIC & DJ Family Atmosphere CRAFT BEER

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2 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 YOUR LEADER CONTACTUS 54 O’ConnellStreet,Limerick www.limerickleader.ie EDITOR Eugene Phelan 061-214503 eugene.phelan@limerickleader.ie COMMERICAL DIRECTOR Fergal Deegan 061-214525 fergal.deegan@limerickleader.ie ● Main switchboard for our office at 54 O’Connell Street, Limerick Call us on 061-214500 ● Tell us your story E-mail us at news@limerickleader.ie ● Place an advert E-mail us at advertising@limerickleader.ie ● Photographic sales Copies of pictures taken by our photo- graphers as well as the archive photo- graphs in all our editions can be ordered from our office at 54 O’Connell Street, Lim- erick. They can also be ordered online from pictureorders@limerickleader.ie or through our website www.limerickleader.ie As Limerick’s leading newspaper group, we have been serving gener- ations of readers throughout the city and county since 1889. We are immensely proud of the Limerick Leader’s heritage and tradition - and that of its sister paper the Lim- erick Chronicle - in reporting local life. Both in print and online, we contine to be the market leaders for news, sport and much more - so if you’ve got something to say or a business to promote there is no bigger audience in any medium in Limerick than our newspapers. And that’s a fact. We have more readers than everyone else. YOURCITY YOUR PAPER www.limerickleader.ie Our website provides the most comprehensive and up to date news and sports services for the people of Limerick, at home and abroad, seven days a week. Log on for the latest developments brought to you by our unrivalled team.

WEATHER Checkupdateson limerickleader.ie TODAY CLOUDY FOR THE MOST PART WITH A TEMPERATURE HIGH OF 16°C TOMORROW MORE SUN TODAY THAN WEDNESDAY, HIGH OF 18°C FRIDAY CONTINUING TO IMPROVE WITH SUNNY SPELLS AND HIGH OF 16°C The policy of the Limerick Leader is to provide our readers with a news and information service that is fair, accurate and bal- anced. This newspaper adheres to the Code of Practice set out by the Press Council of Ireland and is committed to the highest standards of re- porting. If we make a mistake, we will en- deavour to correct it at the earliest opportunity. In such instances, please write to the editor at 54 O’Connell Street, Lim- erick, or email ed- itor@limerickleader.ie Alternatively you may contact the Press Council of Ireland at 1-3 Westmo- reland Street, Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 648 9130. Email: info@presscouncil.ie Harris welcomes opening of A&E LANDMARK DAY: HEALTH MINISTER WILL LAUNCH ED AT UHL MINISTER for Health Simon Harris has said that the opening of the new emer- gency department at Uni- versity Hospital Limerick is “a great day for the Mid- West”.

The new facility, which treated 19 patients on ED trolleys and additional trol- leys or beds in the wards yesterday morning, is now in its third day of opera- tion. Minister Harris, who vis- ited the old emergency de- partment last October, told hospital staff and the media that it was “an absolute pri- ority” to open the unit this May. In a statement on Monday evening, Minister Harris said: “This is a great day for the Mid-West. The new ED is three times the size of the current depart- ment and will provide safe, modern, fit for purpose fa- cilities that meet the needs and expectations of patients and their families. At the same time it will provide highquality,comfortableac- commodation that protects privacy and dignity. I look forward to visiting the hos- pital soon to view and offi- cially open this wonderful newfacility.” During his first and only visit at University Hospital Limerick, Minister Harris said that there was a “clear need” for a new emergency department.

The new department re- quired an additional 94 frontline staff, and this has been secured, the UL Hos- pitals Group has confirmed. Taking to Twitter to wel- come the opening of the ED, HospitalCEOColetteCowan said it was a “landmark day for the Mid-West. Highly qualified staff coming to live in the area [and] capital de- velopment @ULHospitals playingourpart.” University Maternity Hospital Limerick’s clinical director for maternity and childhealth,DrGerryBurke commended UHL staff on social media, for their first dayatworkinthenewED.

”Just had quick tour of UHL's new ED, which re- ceived its first patients today. Very busy, but staff were taking it all in their stride.Bravo!” The new facility was de- livered within its €24m budget, Prof Cowan told the media. Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed the opening of the ED PICTURE: BRIAN ARTHUR FINTAN WALSH e-mail: fintan.walsh@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @FintanYTWalsh HAVE YOUR SAY + HAVE YOUR SAY ON THIS, AND MANY OTHER STORIES BY USING OUR ONLINE CHANNELS www.limerickleader.ie @limerick_leader www.facebook.com/limerickleader Accused is banned from using DoneDeal.ie @LIMERICKLEADER FACEBOOK.COM/LIMERICKLEADER TALK TO US ▲ FROM PAGE 1 made no reply when he was formally charged at Roxboro Roadgardastation.

The defendant faces a single charge under the pro- visions of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Of- fences) Act, 2001 relating to an incident in Limerick city twoand-a-halfyearsago. It is alleged that Mr O’Donoghue, “did dishonesly and by deception” induce a named individual to buy a 09D-registered car at Roxboro Road after he had “tampered with the vehicles’ odometer to reduce the genuine mileage on the vehicle”. The offence is alleged to have happened on December 9, 2014 with the defendant selling the car for more than it’srealvalue.

It is alleged the injured party paid around €3,000 more than what the Toyota Avensiswasactuallyworth. During a brief hearing, Judge Marian O’Leary was told a file was prepared for theDirectorofPublicProsec- utions in relation to the matter and that she has con- sentedtothecaseproceeding onasummarybasisatthedis- trictcourt. While there was no objec- tion to bail, gardai sought the imposition of a number of conditions pending the con- clusionoftheproceedings. Mr O’Donoghue was orderedtoliveathishomead- dress in North Cork and he must sign-on three time a week at his local garda sta- tion.

He was also ordered to provide gardai with a mobile phonenumberwhileanother specific condition of his bail is that he “not use or operate onDoneDeal.ie”. The defendant was grantedfreelegalaidbyJudge O’Leary and the matter ad- journed to September 13, next. He is due to indicate a plea onthenextdate.

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3 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie NEWS Rassie Erasmus flying the Green Flag locally SCHOOL: CELEBRATIONS AS CASTLETROY COLLEGE SECURES SIXTH GREEN FLAG DAVID HURLEY e-mail: david.hurley@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @dhurleyll MUNSTER Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, was on hand to help the Green Team at Castletroy College raise its sixth Green Flag. In a brief address to staff and students who gathered for the flag-raising ceremony, the South African spoke about the contrast in environ- mental awareness that exists between South Africa and Ireland.

He also took the oppor- tunity to praise the Interna- tional Green Schools Programme. Several members of staff and pupils representing each year group attended the cere- mony near the main entrance to the school where the flag nowhangsproudly. Students PJ Allen and Niall McSweeney – members of the Green Schoolscommittee – of- ficially welcomed Rassie Erasmus, whose daugh- ters Nikki and Carli, attend CastletroyCollege. During the brief ceremony, Cillian Toland from the school’s Neatstreets teamout- lined some of the green initiat- ives which are currently being undertaken at Castletroy Col- legeby staff, students and other members of the school community.

Pictured at the Green Flag ceremony at Castletroy College on Tuesday afternoon were Claire Madigan, Brenda Cribbin, Rassie Erasmus, Richie Quinn and Mairead Doyle Patient survey rolls out at three Limerick hospitals THE CEO of the UL Hos- pitals Group has said that the newly-rolled out na- tional patient survey will “deliver real benefits for pa- tients” in years to come, writes Fintan Walsh. Up to 2,000 inpatients in Limerick will participate in the new national patient ex- periencesurvey,atUniversity Hospital Limerick, Croom Orthopaedic Hospital, and St John’sHospital. The survey is being car- riedoutbytheHealthInform- ationandQualityAuthorityat thethreehospitals.

As part of the nationwide survey, all adult patients who spend more than 24 hours in the three hospitals, and who have been discharged in May, will be asked to take part in theinitiative. UL Hospitals CEO, Prof Cowan said that there are a number of ways in which pa- tientscangivefeedbacktothe threehospitals. “We continuously refine our services on the basis of what our patients have said. But we can always do more and I am delighted that the voice of our patients will be listened to as part of the na- tional patient experience survey.

“This is the most compre- hensive exercise of its type everattemptedinIrelandand we can be confident that the sound methodology and ro- bust, evidence-based ap- proach underpinning it will deliver real benefits for our patientsintheyearstocome,” shesaid. Visiting the three hos- pitals this Tuesday, Hiqa’s RachelFlynnsaid: “This is a great oppor- tunity for patients to tell us about their hospital experi- ence. By taking part in the surveypatientscanhelpusto identify areas for improve- ment,andalsotellusthepos- itive work that is carried out everydayinIrishhospitals.” It is accepted internation- ally that the key to creating a betterhealthcareserviceisto focus on the patient and to learnfromtheirexperiences, aHiqaspokespersonsaid. The national patient ex- perience survey, which can be completed online at www.patientexperience.ie, willfinishonJuly27. UL Hospitals Group CEO, Prof Colette Cowan €3.1m for Limerick housing grants COMMUNITY OVER €3.1m in housing grants for older people and those with a disability has been made for Lim- erick. It is the third highest allocation nation- ally after Dublin and Cork, according to FG Senator Kieran O’Donnell. Carers Week to start on June 12 HEALTH THE11th National Carers Week will celebrate and recognise the contribu- tion of Limerick's 8, 246 Family Carers, with events being held throughout Limerick from June 12 to 18.

19 patients treated on trolleys at UHL HEALTH ACCORDING to figures published by the INMO, there were 19 patients treated on A&E trolleys and on additional trolleys or beds in the wards at UHL on Tuesday morning. Irish women in film celebrated SCREENINGS The Belltable and the Richard Harris Film Fest- ival will present a pro- gramme of five screenings celebrating Irish women in film this June 2 at 8pm, followed by discussion with the filmmakers. Elm Park water supply project INFRASTRUCTURE Residents of Elm Park on the Ennis Road will see a much improved water supply following the com- pletion of a project to re- place water mains and old back yard connections. Bikers’ chance to win Hog in Kerry FESTIVAL Limerick bikers will be heading en masse to Ire- land BikeFest Killarney this weekend. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland will be- nefit from the grand draw which has a Harley-Dav- idson Street 750 as first prize

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4 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 NEWS CRIME FILE ByDAVIDHURLEY Condition of injured driver improves A MAN who was critically injured in a road crash on the outskirts of the city earlier this week has shown some signs of improvement, writes David Hurley. The 33-year-old who is from Moyross had to be cut from a black BMW which crashed into signage after it left the road near Clon- drinagh Roundabout at around2.30amonMonday. The man was inititally treatedatUniversityHospital Limerick (UHL) before being transferred to Cork Uni- versity Hospital (CUH) for specialisttreatment. Whiletheman’scondition remains critical, it is under- stood it has stabilised and doctors are hopeful his con- ditionwillimprovefurther. Gardai at Mayorstone sta- tion are investigating the in- cident and any witnesses are askedtocontactthemat(061) 456980.

They say the results of de- tailed forensic examinations which were carried out at the sceneareawaited. Separately,asectionofthe M20motorwaywasclosedfor several hours yesterday fol- lowingaseriouscollision. One person was injured in the single-vehicle accident which happened on the southbound carriageway between Junction 3 (Raheen) and Junction 4 (Patrickswell) ataround10.15am. Themaledriverwastaken to University Hospital Lim- erick with “non-life threat- eninginjuries”. Young man robbed while walking in Caherdavin GARDAI are appealing for information after a young man was attacked on the northside of the city in broad daylight. The victim was walkingintheCaherdavin area at around 10.30am last Friday when he was setuponandrobbed. Investigating gardai say the area is a busy part ofthecityand theyareap- pealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have informa- tiontocomeforward. While traumatised, the young man did not sustain any serious in- juriesintherobbery. Enquiries have been conducted in the area and CCTVfootageisalsobeing sought.

Gardai attached to Mayorstone Station are investigating the incident and can be contacted at (061)456980. GAA clubhouse broken into INFORMATION is being sought following a break- in at Mungret GAA club. Entrywasgainedtothe clubhouse last Friday, May 26, by culprits who broke the locks on the maindoor. “Nothing of value is kept on the premises but of course there is a cost to repair or replace the door,”saidagardaspokes- person. Gardai at Roxboro Roadareappealingforany witnesses or anyone with information about the break-in to contact them at(061)214340.

Roxboro Road garda station Woman forced to lock herself in kitchen Gardai at Henry Street are investigating an in- cident during which an occupied house was broken into. The incident happened in the Rhebogue area of the city at around 6.40pm last Sunday-May28. “A lady was sitting in her home but her front door was unlocked. She heardanoiseupstairsand shouted at them to get out,” said Sergeant Ber Leetchwhoaddedthatthe woman then locked her- self into the kitchen and contactedgardai. “In this case nothing was taken but of course the lady is shocked by having had an intruder in her home,” said Sgt Leetch.

Gardai at Henry Street are investigating the in- cident and can be con- tactedat(061)212400. Some bank holiday advice GARDAI are appealing to homeowners to ensure their properties are se- cure before they head away for the bank hol- iday weekend. Sgt Ber Leetch, divi- sional crime prevention officer, says deliveries should be cancelled, garden sheds should be locked and light timers shouldbeused. Valuable items and garden tools should be locked up and people are being encouraged not to post details of thei hol- iday locations on social mediawhileaway.

Holiday advice: Sergeant Ber Leetch Prison inmate lied aboutrazor blade APPLICATION: HIGH COURT RULES CASE IS NOT APPROPRIATE DAVID HURLEY e-mail: david.hurley@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @dhurleyll THE High Court has re- jected a Habeas Corpus ap- plication made by an inmate at Limerick Prison who claimed he was wrongfully subjected to rule 62 of the prison rules. Darren O’Halloran initi- ated proceedings against the Governor of Limerick Prison relating to incidents earlier this year. During the hearing, the 32-year-old said on one oc- casion he had been scanned, and put on a ‘boss chair’ despite telling the prison officer that he had “nothingonhim”. He argued he had been wrongfullysubjectedtorule 62, resulting in him being placedinacellonhisown Mr O’Halloran accepted hehadliedtoprisonofficers last month by telling them he had swallowed a razor blade.

This, he said, was so he would be brought to hos- pital and x-rayed in order to prove he had nothing on his person. In an affidavit submitted to the court, Mark Kennedy, Governor of Limerick Prison, disputed Mr O’Hal- loran’s claim he was placed onRule62forthreeweeks. He confirmed he was placed on Rule 62 on a number of occasions fol- lowing positive readings on a scanner which suggested the inmate had a prohibited articleonhisperson. In his ruling, Mr Justice Robert Eagar said he was satisfied the application be- fore the court was not ap- propriate given the facts beforehim.

However, he said Mr O’Halloran may be entitled to initiate Judicial Review proceedings. Darren O’Halloran’s Habeas Corpus application was dismissed The scene of Monday’s collision near Clondrinagh Roundabout PICTURE: PRESS 22

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5 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie MAURICE QUINLIVANTD STANDING UP FOR LIMERICK QUINLIV Maurice.Quinlivan@oir.ie CONSTITUENCY OFFICE : 34DenmarkStreet, LimerickCity ✆061319681 FOR ASSISTANCE OR APPOINTMENT

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6 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 NEWS Teen accused of breaching Safety Order in court twice BAIL: DEFENDANT MUST OBEY CONDITIONS A YOUNG man appeared in court twice on the same day to face separate charges of breaching a Safety Order taken out by his former partner. The 19-year-old, who lives in the King’s Island area of the city, was initially brought before Limerick District Court after a bench warrant for his ar- rest was executed by gardai. The warrant, which was issued earlier this year, relates to an incident on November 20, last when it’s alleged the defendant called to the woman’s home.

Having been released on bail, the defendant was brought back before the court again less than 90 minute later to face new charges. Garda Brian Begley gave evidence of arresting the teenagerathishomeashort time after the ealier court appearence and charging him in relation to an in- cidentonApril19,last. Again,it’sallegedthede- fendant breached the termsoftheSafetyOrderby approaching his ex partner at Arthurs Quay and asking her for €20 before running off. While there was no ob- jection to bail, gardai sought to have a number of conditions imposed on the youngman.

Judge Mary Larkin agreedandsheorderedthat themanliveathishomead- dress and that he not have any contact with his ex partner pending the con- clusions of the proceed- ings. The defendant was ordered to surrender his passport to gardai and he must not approach the house where his former partnerlives. Both of the matters are due before the court again on separate dates in September. Solicitor Darach Mc- Carthy indicated that his clientwillbecontestingthe charge relating to the earlierofthetwoincidents. Limerick District Court DAVID HURLEY e-mail: david.hurley@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @dhurleyll Muslim community rejoice during month of Ramadan THE MUSLIM community across the city and county have begun a “sacred month” of fasting and to- getherness as part of the an- nual Ramadan celebrations. Worshippers commenced the month-long fasting ritual with an early morning prayer last Friday at 3.20am, and ended the 19-hour fast after 9.40pmsermon.

From May 26 to June 24, sunrise to sundown, thou- sands of people in Lim- erick’s Muslim community willprayuptofivetimesaday, with many hundreds at- tending four of the local mosques for the end-of-fast feastat10pm. Imam of the Al-Furqan Muslim Community Associ- ation, Abdullah Hassan Jaribu told the Leader that thetimeofworshipallowsfor members to share meals to- gether “especially if you have not seen them in a long time”. “It is a very peaceful time, and you will see that all the people are in a good mood. It is a month that teaches you how to be a better person. That is why everyone is doing their best and meeting each other with a nice smile,” the Sudanese national ex- plained.

Worshippers are advised to pray five times a day; at 3.20am, 1pm, 7pm, 9.40pm, and 11.45pm. And it is not confined to the mosque — people can pray at home, or wherever they are at the time ofprayersessions. “The community is very strong. Islam teaches that there is no border for colours or nationalities; we are all human beings. We need to live together in harmony. If youtake,forexample,inLim- erick city there are different nationalities, and majority of themarenon-Muslim.Butwe allgetonwell.” At the end of Ramadan, the Muslim community will participate Eid-al-Fitr, a one- tothree-daycelebration. Imam Abdullah Hassan Jaribu at Al-Furqan Muslim Community Association hall PICTURE: ADRIAN BUTLER Positive reaction to councillors’ greenlight for road plan THERE has been a largely positive reaction to the council’s greenlight for the €150m Northern Distributor Road among the business and education community. But the plan – slightly altered from the one voted down in 2015 and passed overwhelmingly this week by councillors – has been criti- cised by the East Limerick Action Group (ELAG), who arebitterlyopposedtoit. Councillors voted in fa- vour of the changes, allowing the plans for the road to pro- ceed, by 33 votes to 3, fol- lowing a lengthy debate this Monday. The vote means a variation in the county devel- opment plan and allows for the next stage of the project, the detailed design of the road, toproceed.

Limerick council CEO Conn Murray suggested during the meeting that the full planning process could take up to 18 months and he made several commit- ments relating to the prin- cipal concerns for the project. Limerick Chamber, UL and the Shannon Group have all welcomed the vote on Monday, with Chamber CEO James Ring saying the coun- cillors“votedforprogress”. UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald said the road was “important both to the long- term growth of our city and UL”, adding that it would “need to be delivered in a manner that is sensitive to both the environment and thecommunity”. However, Noel O’Connor, spokesperson for ELAG, said the group “regretted the de- cision to allow the route to proceed to the planning stage” and said it hoped that “Limerick didn’t end up bitterly regretting a decision thatcarrieswithitaclearand identifiable risk of flooding – andarisk,moreover,thatwas entirelyavoidable. “Obviously we accept the vote and we’ll have to trust thatotherbodieslikeAnBord Pleanala can explain why we really shouldn’t be thinking about building a motorway throughafloodplainthathas experienced so-called ‘Once- In-A-Century’floodingevents nolessthanthreetimesinthe lastdecade,”MrO’Connorex- plained.

Addressing specific con- cerns about Mountshannon Road, Conn Murray said at the meeting that “construc- tion work on the Northern Distributor Road will not commence unless an appro- priatefloodreliefschemehas been agreed for the Mount- shannon area as part of the Limerick City Flood Relief scheme”. Addressed concerns: Council CEO Conn Murray The defendant was ordered to surrender his passport to gardai and he must not approach the house where his former partner lives

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8 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 NEWS Pigtown events to celebrate local food culture EUGENE PHELAN e-mail: eugene.phelan@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @eugenephelan1 LIMERICK is to celebrate its food culture with a new programme of themed events taking place this September and October. The Pigtown Food Series has been inspired by the his- tory of Limerick’s famous baconindustry. Developed by the Lim- erick Food Group and sup- ported by Fáilte Ireland, the series will focus on Lim- erick’s unique heritage as a way to showcase the great food available locally, building on their deep- rooted food heritage. Details of the event were announced at a food tasting event at the Milk Market on Monday evening.

Theseriesfeaturesevents such as the Culture Night Pig Parade; ‘Beyond the Pig - veganism in a meat eaters world’ panel discus- sion; ‘Ancient Irish food - whatdid our ancestorsgrow, pick and catch’ lecture and discussion and Urban For- aging Walks by local author and ethnobotanist Theresa Storey; Valerie O’Connor’s ‘Pig in the City’ food trail; Pigtown Tasting Menu produced by students of LIT’s Food and Tourism De- partment; and ‘The Appren- tice - Pigtown Style’ hosted by Garretts Butchers where Limerick Butcher Appren- tices will compete against visiting international craft butcher apprentices to be crowned the Pigtown Cham- pion.

Local historian and au- thor Tom Toomey will give a lecture on the food history of the City: ‘Pigtown Roots, Ranks and Cleeves factories –theirriseanddownfall’,fol- lowed by a panel discussion with Joe Hayes of the Lim- erickPorkButchersSociety. The popular Saturday Morning demos in the Milk Market Kitchen will have a pig and harvest flavour in butchery skills and cooking, with everything from Lim- erick-style pulled pork, to ‘The Pig from Nose to Tail’, Preserving the Harvest, and Sausage making. Other events include historical talks and walks recounting the time when Limerick’s bacon factories fed Ireland and exported as far away as Russia; farm visits to O’Brien Artisan Cheese in Ballyhahill.

Restaurants and hotels across Limerick will be em- bracing the theme fea- turing P The Pigtown Food Series takes place in September and October 2017 across Limerick. For further details vis- itwww.pigtown.ie or search #PigtownLimerick or see ‘Pigtown Food Series’ on so- cialmedia. Ruth Guiry, author of Pigtown, A History of Limerick’s Bacon Industry, at the launch of the Pigtown Culture and Food Series, which was held at the Milk Market, Limerick on Monday. See more in this weekend’s Limerick Leader PICTURE: SEAN CURTIN/TRUE MEDIA Limerick bids for share in €60m pot for sports cluster LIMERICK is seeking to cap- italise on its reputation as one of Ireland’s leading sports centres by bidding to establish a National Sports Cluster in the region. The bid comes following the announcement of a €60m Enterprise Ireland Compet- itive Regional Enterprise De- velopment Fund, which aims to support new collaborative andinnovativeinitiatives. Limerickistobidtosecure funding to position itself at the forefront of sports innov- ationandinitiatives.

The project which has been in the pipeline for al- mosttwoyears,aimstocapit- alise on the various elite sporting facilities and assets alreadyintheregion. These include UL’s sports campus and research facil- ities, LIT’s Sportslab (Europe’s leading strength and conditioning centre) in Thurles as well as a range of companies involved in other sports-related activities, fromsportstechnologytonu- tritioncompanies. MikeCantwell,HeadofIn- novate Limerick said: “Lim- erick is uniquely placed in Ireland to co-locate athletes and performance related activities with sports tech businesses and research. This high impact enterprise initiative will support sports related jobs creation will op- erate out of ‘The Engine’, the newnamefortheformerBib- lical Centre on Dominic Street in the heart of the city centre.” Gamer rages against online ban ONLINE TERMINATION: RAHEEN MAN LOSES 144 GAMES AFTER PLAYSTATION REMOVES HIS ACCOUNT FINTAN WALSH e-mail: fintan.walsh@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @FintanYTWalsh A YOUNG Raheen gaming enthusiast has issued legal proceedings against Sony after he lost more than 140 PlayStation games as a result of his online account being terminated.

The local gamer, in his 20s, who held on an online Play- Station network account for more than seven years, had his account perman- ently removed a number of weeks ago. It was the third time in four months that his ac- counthadbeenbanned,des- pite not receiving an explanation from the Play- Station moderators, he told theLimerickLeader. And because his account has been removed from the server, all 144 digitally-pur- chased games with the on- line account have also been lost. He is now calling on Sony to transfer the 144 games from his old account toanewone.

He said that when activ- ating the ban, he was meant to receive an e-mail about the length of ban and an ex- planationofit. “I did not even receive a proper answer, just that 'I went against policy'. So, not only is my account of seven years gone, but all of my games associated with the account are gone now, too, justbecausetheyaredigital, which I think is completely unfair as I'm getting pun- ished just for buying all my games digitally. So, as you can see, it is really salt in the wounds for me here, as gamesIhaveboughtwithmy moneyarejustgonebecause myaccountisgone.” He said that he has in- vested “thousands” in the games, and has purchased every PlayStation console since the PS1 in 1995. The gamersaidthatifhehadpur- chased physical copies, “therewouldbenoissue”. “I want all of these games tobetransferredtoanewac- count of my choice and would also like to receive some compensation for all my troubles and just for being treated so badly throughallofthisafterbeing such a loyal customer since PlayStation 1 was invented. I have bought every single PlayStationconsoleevercre- ated.” Inresponse,aPlayStation spokesperson told the Leader: “Before any player is banned, multiple warnings are issued to the registered email of the account user. In the situation that our beha- viour guidelines are breached, PlayStation may take action to permanently bantheuseraccount.Ween- courageallofouruserstoad- here to our guidelines, with our aim to provide a re- spectful game playing envir- onmentforourcommunity.” The city gaming enthusiast has issued proceedings against Sony

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10 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 COLUMNIST CITY VIEW NigelDugdale Limerick andproud @NIGELDUGDALE We must truly embrace idea of public transport O n Monday the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism Shane Ross launched BusConnects, a suite of initiatives aimed at radically transforming public transport in the Dublin region. The total cost of BusCon- nects is estimated to be over €1bn and will include proposals such as next gen- eration bus corridors, bus rapid transit, redesigning the network of bus routes, state-of-the-art ticketing systems, cashless fare pay- ment systems and the rolling out of new bus stops with better signage and in- formation.

Dublin is our capital city and it is right that such in- vestment happens. But what about Limerick? Last March, as the bus strike reaped havoc on com- muters, I wrote a column in this paper that suggested that our approach to public transport in Limerick needed a radical rethink. After that column was published I was then con- tacted by Shane Hickey. Shane’s story was a sad in- dictment of how quality public transport, or lack thereof, can have a funda- mental effect on people’s day to day lives. While living in Limerick Shane was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition, and as a result was forced to give up driving. Forced to rely on public transport, Shane’s experiences were not good. So much so that he found himself in a posi- tion where leaving Limerick for London was the only op- tion he had.

Following the publica- tion of both articles they ended up in the hands of Tim Gaston, director of public transport at the Na- tional Transport Authority. Mr Gaston kindly re- sponded and his comments on public transport in Lim- erick are interesting and deserve to be read. ‘The Authority has since its establishment in December 2009 been con- scious that bus networks in the regional cities in Ireland are not as effective as they could be in meeting the needs of people living and working in modern, growing urban areas,” he noted.

Gaston says: “The aspira- tion to enhance urban bus networks was hampered during the economic down- turn by constraints on funding. However, the eco- nomic recovery has presented new opportun- ities to address the trans- port deficits in regional cities. “In 2012, the network of bus services in cities were extensively revised, in- cluding in Limerick in September of that year. The complexity of the network was significantly reduced. New services between UL and the city centre were li- censed to Eurobus on a commercial basis by the Au- thority,” he adds. Interestingly Gaston points out that while pat- ronage has improved in cities generally at rates ex- ceeding growth commen- surate with overall economic growth, pat- ronage growth trends in Limerick City have been less marked and more in line with economic growth, and this “remains a source of concern to the Au- thority”. Gaston notes the recent revisions to certain routes in Limerick city.

“In December 2016, the PSO services in the corridor between Monaleen and UL across the city to Raheen were further revised, and Route 304A was intro- duced,” he says. “The operating day was extended on other routes in the network, including at weekends and in the even- ings. Patronage trends have improved noticeably since these revisions were imple- mented. “Further revisions and reorganisations to services to the Ballynanty area with a view to simplifying the op- eration of buses in these suburbs of the city and providing an effective sub- urban style service between Ardnacrusha and Limerick City as well.

“A feature of the revised timetables will be higher frequencies in the evenings and at weekends.” Gaston also acknow- ledges that the NTA is “working with Limerick City and County Council and with UL to identify a more efficient and effective two-way path for buses through the campus which is a generator and attractor of travel in the city. “Bus priority measures in the centre of the city and in the vicinity of Col- bert Rail Station are also in planning / implementa- tion.” In terms of the quality of the operation of bus ser- vices Gaston notes that im- provements are also being made by Bus Eireann in conjunction with the Au- thority.

“Analysis of data amassed by the operation of the Automatic Vehicle Location system has identi- fied sections of the net- work where running time and other operating prac- tices are erratic which af- fects service reliability and punctuality, and measures designed to mitigate delays to buses,” he says. “The accuracy of inform- ation presented on the Real Time Passenger Information displays is also under review and revisions to the al- gorithms to improve the quality of prediction of ‘next bus’ are being progressed”. Finally, Mr Gaston adds: “Please be assured that the Authority is continuously working with Bus Eireann and the commercial sector to improve the levels of bus service in Limerick and to expand the network to meet existing and planned de- mand for bus services.” What strikes me most about Gaston’s response is the concerns he raises in re- lation to the fact that “pat- ronage growth trends in Limerick City have been less marked and more in line with economic growth”. We seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place in terms of public transport in Limerick. We are a designated smart travel city and significant investment has been made in this regard.

Yet we also see the objec- tions that flow in when new bus lanes are proposed. We hear those who see public transport as below them, choosing single car occupancy instead. We see our streets filled with cars. We hear the con- stant arguments about car parking in the city centre. We demand better quality in terms of our city centre offer but yet still expect hundreds of cars to be al- lowed to take up valuable civic space. Of course our public transport offer needs to be improved. And we should expect the sort of invest- ment announced for Dublin this week. But until we all start treating public trans- port in Limerick as a valued alternative to the car things are not going to change. Until we all start treating public transport in Limerick as a valued alternative to the car, things will not improve PICTURE: ADRIAN BUTLER WWW.NIGELDUGDALE.IE

11 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie 1 9 7 8 Pictured at the Shannon RFC and Cannocks fashion show in the Parkway hotel were Cliona Hassett, Broad Street and Geraldine Carey, Dublin Road

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14 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 PICTURE SPECIAL PICTURES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE LIMERICK LEADER AT 54 O'CONNELL STREET OR FROM PICTUREORDERS@LIMERICKLEADER.IE MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: STUDIO CLASSROOM ART EXHIBITION Pictured at the launch of the Studio Classroom Art Exhibition in Mary Immaculate College were Dr Ann Higgins, Faculty of Education; Eucharia McCarthy, Director CDU; Josephine Frahill, administrative support TED and DCU; artist Kate McElroy and Anne-Marie Morrin, Visual Arts. The Studio Classroom Art Exhibition is based on an initiative between Visual Art Education, Department of Arts Education and Physical Education, at Mary I and the Transforming Education through Dialogue (TED) Project. The exhibition contains art work produced by children from Our Lady Queen of Peace N., Scoil Íosagáin CBS and St Michael’s Infant School in collaboration with their teachers and four artists: Clíona Geary, Jean Cleary, Julie Brazil and Kate McElroy PICTURES: LIAM BURKE/PRESS 22 Artist Kate McElroy, Dromcollogher with her work Artist Cliona Geary, Tanya De Paor and Anne-Marie Morrin both Visual Arts, MIC and artist Kate McElroy

15 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie PICTURE SPECIAL Maura O’Grady (left) and Karen Lucey Bourke (right) both from Our Lady Queen of Peace NS and their student and artist Abbie Barry Dr Angela Canny, Faculty of Education, MIC and artist Kate McElroy Maura O’Grady (left) and Karen Lucey Bourke (right) both from Our Lady Queen of Peace NS and Cliona Geary, artist, at the exhibition in MIC Eight year old artist Abbie Barry from Our Lady Queen of Peace Joan and Gould Geary, South Circular Road, artist Cliona Geary, Gareth Reil and Anne-Marie Morrin, Visual Arts, MIC

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17 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORIAM LIMERICK LEADER, 17 Memorial Card Service Memoriam Cards - traditional & modern Bookmarks, Memento cards & Acknowledgement cards for friendly, helpful and convenient service, pop in to our office at 54 O’Connell Street or ring 061 214500 for our latest brochure. Email: advertising@limerickleader.ie Tel: 061-214531 or call into 54, O’Connell Street, Limerick Meet me in my dreams Dad, And talk to be once more; Ease the everlasting pain, That makes my heart so sore. And when I reach the Golden Gate, Where life is free from pain, I will put my arms around ye, And never let ye go again. From your loving daughter and sister Noreen, Tom and family.

Beautiful memories woven in gold, That is the picture, tenderly hold. Deep in my heart your memory is kept, To love, to cherish, to never forget. Sadly missed by your grandchildren and great- grandchildren. To my wonderful brother Of all the gifts in life However big or small To have you as my brother Was the greatest gift of all. A special time, a special place A special brother I can't replace With an aching heart I whisper low I miss you brother and love you so Loved and missed, your brother Paddy, Lisa and kids GRATEFUL THANKS to the Sacred Heart and our Blessed Lady for all favours received. Also thanks to St. Padre Pio. Novena to the Sacred Heart Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you this very spe- cial one (mention favour). Take it dear Jesus and place it with- in your broken heart where your holy Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. Say prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted. AO'D There never comes a moment When I don't think of you Or a day passes That your face is not in view And when I'm feeling lonely And tears come to my eyes I think of you at peace And I know I shouldn't cry. So I try to hide the heartache As you would want me to And when I shed a tear No one knows but you. Sadly missed and never forgotten from Sylvia, Paul and kids Sadly missed by The Mason family, we all love and miss you and never will forget you.xxxx WITH GRATEFUL thanks to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Blessed Mother, Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel and thanks to St. Anthony for listening to my prayers. With thanks P.M.I.

Nephew Goodbye my family, my life is past I loved you all to the very last Weep not for me but courage take Love each other for my sake For those you love don't go away They walk beside you everyday, from Jason xxxx Love and miss you always from Aunt Josepha and uncle Craig xxx Also remembering my dad Mick, brother Michael and sister Yvonne at this time Cousin It doesn't take a special day To bring you to my mind For days without a thought of you Jay Are very hard to find Love always John, Stacey, Clement, Letisha and Jaydeyn xxx NOVENA TO ST. MARTHA and the Holy Souls, I resort to thee and and to thy peti- tion and faith. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer thee this light, which I shall burn every Tuesday for nine Tuesdays. Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favours thou didst enjoy when the Saviour was lodged in thy house, intercede for my family, that we be provided for in our necessities. I ask of thee St. Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon which thou hadst at thy feet. One Our Father, three Hail Mary's, and a lighted candle every Tuesday and the above prayer made known with the intentions of spreading devotion to Martha. This miraculous saint grants everything before the Tuesdays are ended, no matter how diffucult. Grateful thanks for favurs to be received. L.O.B.

GRATEFUL thanks to The Sacred Heart and Our Blessed Lady for all favours received and also thanks to St. Padre Pio. M.J.M; A.A.A.A.S. THANKSGIVINGS Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie 061 463600 www.absolutehotel.com Lunch at the Absolute Hotel Served Mon - Sat 12.30pm - 5.00pm Sunday 1.00pm - 3.00pm ✝ O'CALLAGHAN (8th Anniversary) In loving memory of a dear son, Jason O'Callaghan, late of Galtee Drive, Southill and Finchley, London who died 2nd June 2009. Rest in Peace. Masses offered. There is an angel in Heaven That angel belongs to us Sending light and memories And always missed by us What we would give to hold your hand Your happy face to see To hear your voice and see your smile That meant so much to me The rolling stream of life rolls on But nothing will ever take away The love of my heart that holds you Jay As long as your in the sky to protect me There is no one on this earth That can break me Miss you always from Mam, Dad, daughter Chloe, brothers Gary and Paddy, nieces and nephews. Also thinking of Jason's two granda's Mick Reilly and Paddy O'Callaghan, my brother Mike Reilly and sister Yvonne O'Mahoney x x ✝ O'NEILL (22nd and 16th Anniversaries) In loving memory of a dear father, Edward O'Neill (Sonny) who died on 22nd April 1995, and also a wonderful brother William O'Neill who died on 30th May 2003, both late of South Claughaun Road, Garryowen. Masses offered.Also thinking of our loving Mam at this time No one knows what sorrow is, 'Till loved ones have to part, For it leaves a wound, That never heals, And always an aching heart, You gave us all you had to give, Gifts both big and small, But most of all you gave us love, The greatest gift of all. From your loving son and brother Edd and family.

God must have know you were special, Will, To take you as he did; They say He only takes the best And that He surely did. Fold Your arms around him, Lord, And kiss his smiling face, For Dad and Will were someone special, And never will be replaced. From your loving son and brother Christy, Sharon and family. Two people who made our lives complete And please God some day we'll meet This week will always be full of sorrow As we remember ye today Forever and tomorrow The pain of losing ye both Will never go away But he love we share will always stay. From your loving daughter and sister Mary and family.

✝ CORBETT (First Anniversary) In loving memory of a dear friend Darren Corbett, late of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, who died on June 5th 2016 Mass will be offered by the Mason family for Darren in Cappamore Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd June. Sad are the hearts that love you Silent are the tears that fall Living without you is the hardest part of all You did so many things for us Your heart was so kind and true And when we needed someone We could always count on you Never forgotten by your friends Marian, Ger, Denise and Richard.

The moment that you left My heart was torn in two One side filled with heartache The other died with you I often lie awake at night When the world is fast asleep And take a walk down memory lane With tears upon my cheeks Remembering you is easy I do it everyday But missing you is a heartache That never goes away Sadly missed and never forgotten by your forever friend Ger. I thought of you today but that is nothing new I thought about you yesterday And days before that too I think of you in silence I often speak your name All I have are memories And a picture in a frame Your memory is a keepsake From which I'll never part God has you in his arms I have you in my heart Sadly missed by your forever friends Herdy, Jessica and kids If tears could build a stairway And memories a lane We would walk right up to heaven And bring you back again Always remembered by Derek and Mandy xx Grandson and nephew Jason We just can't help remembering the way is used to be The days, the months long past now Keep coming back to me They say you never miss the good times Until they have been and gone We only wish those good times Jason Could have just gone on and on Things have never been the same Since the day you went away Although you can't be with us Jason We're truly not apart Your forever in our hearts Sadly missed by Nana O'Reilly, uncle Noel, aunts Josepha, Shirley, Michelle and families. Rest in peace Jason xx Remembering your Grandad Mick, uncle Mickey, and you aunt Yvonne at this time xx R.I.P

18 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 PICTURE SPECIAL PICTURES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE LIMERICK LEADER AT 54 O'CONNELL STREET OR FROM PHOTOSALES@LIMERICKLEADER.IE STRAND HOTEL: YOUTHREACH GRADUATION CEREMONY Attending the Youthreach graduation ceremony in the Strand Hotel were graduates Ronan Daly, Kileely, Sean Begley, Moyross, Leroy Coughlan, Moyross, Chelsea Saiche, Caherdavin, Gearoid Philpott, Mayorstone, Daryl Harris, Moyross, Richard Walsh, Moyross, and Jack Johnson, Moyross ALL PICTURES: GARETH WILLIAMS Leroy Coughlan, Richard, Ashton and Jordan Walsh, Moyross Jade Galvin, Kennedy Park, and Jack Johnson, Moyross Haralds Edolfs, Corbally, Ann, Gearoid and Gerard Philpott, Mayorstone and Mark Mulcahy, Clonlara Becky Hogan, Thomondgate, and Sean Begley, Moyross Michael, Daryl and Calvin Harris, Moyross

19 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie PICTURE SPECIAL CULLEN INSURANCE: COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF MILFORD HOSPICE Staff from Cullen Insurance Brokers, Upper William Street, at the coffee morning held by the company in aid of Milford Hospice ALL PICTURES: ADRIAN BUTLER Pauline Kirby, Paul McKeogh and Vivienne Roche of Cullen Insurance, at the coffee morning Bozena Makowska, Marta Sofinska and Eva Kotula, Cullen Insurance, at the coffee morning Roland Gleeson, Tracey Whelan and Steve Gleeson, Gleeson's Sports Scene with Mary Ryan, Cullen Insurance, at the coffee morning in aid of Milford Hospice Cailin Hammon of Don O'Malley and Partners with Robert Ryan, Martin Kelly and Krystian Makowski of Cullen Insurance, enjoying coffee and cakes at the fundraiser Sharon Hickey and Annemarie Stokes, Cullen Insurance

20 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Niall Bennis and Conor O'Keeffe, Granville, pictured at the launch and draw for the Annual Over 40's Charity Soccer Tournament at the Spotted Dog Bar, Janesboro ALL PICTURES: GARETH WILLIAMS Fergal O' Grady, Fairview, Deputy Mayor Frankie Daly and Pat Keegan, Fairview, pictured at the launch fo the Over 40s soccer tournament Turlough McNamara, Geraldines, Christy O'Dwyer, Hyde Rangers, and Noel Dunphy, Over 40's Referee Co Ordinator pictured at the launch of the tournament at the Spotted Dog, Janesboro Committee Members Gary O'Hanlon, Gerry Kelly, Pat McKeown and Mike Hartnett attending the launch of the the Annual Over 40's Charity Soccer Tournament at the Spotted Dog Bar, Janesboro SPORT PICTURE SPECIAL - LAUNCH OF OVER 40S CHARITY SOCCER TOURNAMENT

21 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie Gerry McCormack, Secretary and Tom Shanahan, founding member at the launch and draw for the Over 40s soccer tournment SPORT Peter Quinn, Caherconlish and Tony Hayden, South Circular Road, pictured at the Over 40's launch and draw Pat Keegan, Fairview, Neilus Noonan, Fedamore Villa, Deputy Mayor Frankie Daly, John Condon, Fedamore Villa and Pat O'Brien, referee pictured at the launch and draw for the Over 40s soccer tournament which takes place on June 17-18 at Janesboro FC PICTURE: GARETH WILLIAMS Deputy Mayor Frankie Daly, Willie O'Dea TD and Anthony Higgins, Committee member Seamus Jackson, Chairman, Willie O 'Dea TD, Gerry McCormack, Committee, Deputy Mayor Frankie Daly and Henry Sheehan, Committee at the tournament launch and draw

22 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 SOCCER CLUB NOTES GERALDINES END OF SEASON: In the past week the curtain has finally descended for our schoolboys for the 2016/17 season. It has being a mixed campaign for all our sides in their respective league and cup outings. There was one final round of U11 fixtures early last week and both our sides com- pleted their fixtures but alas they rounded it off with defeat on the double. The U11 Reds were away to Pike with the home outfit coming out on top winning 5-3 in what was a very enjoyable game of ball as both sides really turned on the style with our goals being scored by Ryan O Callaghan who notched a brace while Nathan Cross got among the goals, others to give sterling performances were Josh O Neill, Evan Neville, Ronan Mason and Scott McNamara.

U-11 GREENS: The U11 Greens were also away to Summerville and Ray Johnston’s young side lost 7-2 as Cian Punch scoring both goals as others to shine were Alex Johnston, Taylor Mulqueen, Liam O Regan, Jack Meaney along with Mark Caldwell. Cup football was on the agends for the U14s as we hosted Shelbourne in the semi- final of the U14 league cup and for this cup clash it was good to see such a fine crowd take in this game and with the playing sur- face in Garryowen in fine fettle this had the makings of a classic cup outing and that was how it panned out with the result right in the balance until the final whistle. Both these sides had met only on one oc- casion this season as in the league game we won three nil but as we all know league results count for nothing come cup foot- ball. Our visitors Shelbourne who earlier in the week saw off league winner Janesboro in the U14 cup semi-final were in flying form and with that result for (Shels) we knew we had to be at our best to topple our visitors.

CUP FOOTBALL: In cup football a good opening can be vital and from our point of view we hit the ground running and got the perfect start as in the fourth minute we struck with a quick goal when Harry Bennis played a brilliant ball into mid-field in which Shane Cross quickly flicking the ball to Evan Barry and he then with a well- weighted pass that was latched onto by Victor Jumbo who did well to cut inside his marker and from an acute angle he fired a cracker by the out-coming net-minder. Minutes later we almost doubled our lead when a brisk move involving Leah Keogh, Scott Kelly and Daniel Palache saw the lathers whipped in ball being flicked over by Evan Barry. After this Shels began to come more into this cup game and mid- way through the half they got on terms when from a corner on the right their centre forward headed firstly to the net as it was 1-1 at the break.

On the turnover this game really opened up with chances aplenty but both cus- todians did well with what came there way. It was with nine minutes remaining that we went 2-1 up and after that we tried all that we could but failed to pierce the visitors goal as it was Shelbourne who went onto meet Summerville in the final with (Shels) annexing the U14 Div One cup final. The semi-final is a game that we knew we left slip away but that’s football but full credit to the management team of Des Fitzgerald, Martin Dore and Gearoid Kerley along with all the players who did give us some joyful football to enjoy over the season and with that game it saw us com- plete our schoolboy season.

CLUB'S AGM: The Dines held its AGM on Tuesday of last week and it was good to see so many taking the time out to attend this meeting as the club now plan for the new season. The following were elected to oversee the running of Geraldines AFC for the 2017/18 season. Club President: Tommy Lowe; Club Chairman: Dave Connolly; Vice Chairman: James McNamara; Club Treas- urer: Joe O Sullivan; Asst Treasurer: Laura Mulqueen; Club Secretary: Turlough Mc- Namara; Club PRO: Turlough McNamara; Child Protection Officer: Laura Mulqueen; Spiritual Director: Fr Sean Harmon. Com- mittee: Paddy Murphy, Martin Dore, Paddy Mullins, Tommy Lowe, Gearoid Kerley, Joe McNamara, John Neville, Ger McCarthy, Brian Humphreys, Padraig Reale, Kieran Galvin, Laura Mulqueen, Joanne O'Callaghan and Rose Nugent. All managers in all grades of football will be confirmed in the upcoming two weeks. CELEBRATIONS: Clubs 80 years celebra- tions. With the club this year celebrating a milestone in our history as its 80 years under the tower and how the club have progressed since our formation way back in 1937 and to mark this 80 years in foot- ball we will host a Dress Dance out in the Castletroy Park Hotel on Saturday October 28th, deposits for this night can be given to Club Treasurer Joe O Sullivan.

CLUB LOTTO: The club lotto of €400 was won last week by Lisa McNamara c/o Sup- porters Club. The lotto is on-going and tickets are only €2 each and can be got from many sources. CLUB TOURNAMENTS: The Dines will once again host two inter club under-age tournaments as on Tuesday June 6th the annual Paddy (Scotchie) Hughes tourna- ment for our U7s, U8s and U9s will take place in Garryowen at 6.30 pm, while on Thursday June 8th the U10s and U11s will take part in the Sean O Donovan Memorial both these tournaments are in honour of two gentlemen who put trojant time and work into the club.

OVER 40'S: The 35th Annual Over 40's will take place once again up in Janesboro on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June. In the Dines opening game we will place Shel- bourne with kick off at 1.30pm. FAIRVIEW RANGERS U-13 A TEAM: Our under 13A team re- newed rivalries with Corbally on Wed- nesday evening last, following our dramatic cup final win the previous Saturday. This time our opponents won with something to spare, despite the best ef- forts of our lads. Behind 3-0 at the break, we pulled one back in the second period when Sean Rice converted a spot kick after Matt TePou was taken down inside the area. We took a few chances at the back thereafter but could not breach a fine Corbally defence, and two late goals by our opponents sealed the issue on the night. Best on the day for us were Nathan O’Shea, Maks Kwietwski and Scott Quaid. U-15 A TEAM: On Saturday last our 15A team played Limerick in their divisional cup final, and although the game produced no goals in either normal or extra time, it was nevertheless a highly entertaining affair. The opening ten minutes saw Limerick on top somewhat but our defence were su- perb all day, ably assisted by our Midfield duo of Cian Casey and Shay McCarthy. Thereafter we came more into the tie, and had a great chance to take the lead when Shay McCarthy played Zac Sheehan in on goals only to be denied by a fine save from the Limerick netminder.

Limerick again were the dominant side for the remainder of the half, but again found our defence unbreachable in particular Liam Neilan who was simply outstanding. A couple of half chances came our way late on in the half with both Will O’Neill and Kuda Sheehan making the most of the op- portunities that came their way, but no goals resulted from either effort. The second half saw much the same pat- tern as the first, with Limerick having the lion’s share of possession, while we looked dangerous on the break. Yet again Liam Neilan was exceptional in goals with su- perb saves on a least four occasions to deny Limerick, while arguably the best chance we had was when Gearoid O’Sul- livan beat the keeper only for the full back clearing the ball of the line at the last mo- ment. Extra time was also something sim- ilar, and no goals ensued, sending the game to penalties.

Despite being the best player on the park, the management had decided before a ball was kicked that if the game did in- deed go to penalties, that they would put Zac Sheehan between the sticks, and the same player did the business, getting a fingertip to the ball for Limerick’s fourth penalty, pushing over the bar in the pro- cess. We netted all five penalties on the day with Cian Casey, Will O’Neill,Jack Callaghan, Shay McCarthy and Kuda Sheehan all netting to see us crowned champions to the delight of all involved. A just reward for each and every single player and also the management team for the hardwork put in all season long. They were just pipped at the post for the league by the same opposition, and all can now look forward to a well deserved break, with some silverware now resting in the cabinet, making it five trophies this season for the ‘View.

Our last competitive match for the season took place on Monday night just gone, but unfortunately it was too late to make the local print media, but will appear in the newsletter, courtesy of Pat Reidy. THANKS: All that is left for me to do now is to thank all the players for their efforts throughout the season. Just because some teams did not win a trophy does make their season any less of a success, given that each team have im- proved no end since the start of the year. Our thanks and, also the that of the players and parents alike, to all the man- agement teams, without whom we simply could not function.

Indeed these people are what the club is all about, and help in no small way in making these young kids not only better players but people who the club are proud to have playing in the blue and yellow. My personal thanks to all the managers who cooperated with me on the reports of matches, and also to Niall Lee, who was a great help to me all season long. Gratitude also to Derek Whyte and his hardworking committee’s both male and female for all the work they do. Their work never ceases, and is an all year round commitment, to ensure that all these young stars of the future have the best possible facilities to improve their game.

Lastly, our thanks to the Limerick Leader for its outstanding coverage of local soccer, something that contributes in no small way to promotion of our game. Enjoy the summer break and we will see you all in the new season. Propect Priary, Division 1A O'Halloran Cup Winners for the 2016 2017 season Christy O'Dwyer, LDL Chairman with Darren Glasheen, being presented with the Division 1A O'Halloran Cup from Majella O'Halloran. Also pictured Dean Glasheen, Gabriella Glasheen and Mary O'Halloran Caherdavin Celtic, Division 1B Ray Cup Winners for the 2016 2017 season pictured with their trophy at Jackman Park recently

23 LIMERICK LEADER Wednesday, May 31, 2017 www.limerickleader.ie SPORT Circuit of Munster rally hits Limerick BY COLM KINSELLA e-mail: ckinsella@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @ckSportLeader THE local Limerick Motor Club has attracted a star- studded entry for Sunday’s Rathkeale House Hotel Cir- cuit of Munster, round four of the Triton Showers Na- tional Rally Championship. The nine stage rally under the guidance of clerk of the course, Shanagolden man Kieran Ambrose, will mark a crucial juncture in the na- tionalchampionshipasMon- aghan ace Sam Moffett, who has virtually been invincible in the current series, seeks his fourth straight win in the Tritoncampaign.

He has already tasted suc- cessonthiseventwinningthe Circuit of Munster three years ago and for good measure this weekend he has local co-driver Keith Mori- arty calling the pacenotes. Keith partnered Welsh ace Steve Wood (Subaru WRC) to victoryinlastyear’srally. Moffett on-board his Ford Fiesta WRC, he has won all three rounds to date – taking 62ofthe63Tritonpointsthat wereavailable. Last time out – on what was his home event - he won by a margin of 26.8 seconds, the smallest margin of all three rounds with former Triton champion Donagh Kelly (Ford Focus WRC) his nearestrival.

Former national cham- pions Kelly (2015) and Declan Boyle, who won the series in 2014 and 2013, know what’s needed and they must break Moffett’s dominance to have anychanceofsuccess. In addition to his Triton title bid, Kelly, who won the Circuit of Munster two years ago,willalsobeusingtherally as a shakedown for the Donegal International in a fewweekstime. Indeed,manyoftheothers in the top ten are on a similar mission including fellow Donegal driver Declan Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC) and Mon- aghan’s Josh Moffett, who will be on his first event since crashing his Fiesta R5 on the last Triton round in Mon- aghan.

Boyle,whowonlastweek’s Cavan Rally, will be in buoyant form as he too tries to stop the Moffett express and secure his own third na- tionaltitle. The top quality entry also features Fermanagh’s Alastair Fisher (Ford Fiesta R5),whoisalsoonatestahead of Donegal while Cork’s Keith Cronin will use his own Ford Fiesta R5 as he gets in some tarmac experience ahead of his BRC outing in the Ypres Rally. Meanwhile, reigning Triton champion Roy White (Ford Fiesta WRC) occupies thenumbersevenberthashe concentrates on the national campaign where he is second overall–17pointsbehindSam Moffett.

Donegal’s Manus Kelly (SubaruWRC),whowasthird on the Midland Rally returns to the series, he too is on a Donegal shakedown while its unlikely he can make up groundonhisTritonrivals. The top ten also features BRC regular Derry driver Desi Henry (Skoda Fabia R5) and former triple Irish na- tional champion Monaghan’s Niall Maguire (Subaru WRC), who is third in the current Tritoncampaign. Elsewhere, there are places for Maynooth’s Kevin Barrett (Subaru WRC) and two-wheel drive exponents, Frank Kelly, Ed O'Callaghan, Ed Synan, Colin Byrne, Tom Flaherty and Tim Enright, all in Ford Escorts - local driver O’Callaghan will fancy his chancesonhomeground.

A late entry is that of former national champion and local driver Colm Murphy in a Subaru, he hasn’t competed in some threeyears. Five years ago he won the Circuit of Munster - driving the same Subaru he will use onSunday,hefinishedeleven seconds ahead of Donagh Kelly (Subaru WRC) with Roy White (MG ZR) 49 seconds furtherbehindinthird. Finishing as the top local driver is an honour that is al- ways keenly contested and Murphy along with O’Callaghan and Ed Synan will be aiming to secure a top sixfinish. Others such as Frank Sweeny, Sean Moran, Stephen Bawn, John Dana- gher and Kenneth Ryan all in Escorts and Eamonn Daly (Mitsubishi) will also be aimingtoimpressonthenine stages just off the N21 around Newcastle West and Abbey- feale.

Motorsport Safety Group N leader, Cork’s David Guest (Mitsubishi) heads the Group N contingent that also in- cludes Shane Maguire (Mit- subishi), Paul Barrett (Subaru) and Neil Tohill (Mit- subishi). EVENT DETAILS Organising Club: Limerick Motor Club Clerk of the Course: Kieran Ambrose. Rally Headquarters: Rathkeale House Hotel. First Car Away: 09. 39. S.S. 1, 4 & 7: Dromade (12.30 km) 10.24, 12.55 & 15.26. S.S. 2, 5 & 8: Caherbeg (15.20 km) 11.01, 13.32 & 16.03. S.S. 3, 6 & 9: Strand (12.40 km) 11.40, 14.11 & 16.42.

Service: Desmond Business Park, New- castle West 12.10 & 14.41 Finish Ramp: Rathkeale House Hotel, Rathkeale. 17.26. TOP 10 STARTERS 1. Sam Moffett/Keith Moriarty (Ford Fiesta WRC); 2. Donagh Kelly/Conor Foley (Ford Focus WRC); 3. Declan Boyle/Brian Boyle (Ford Fiesta WRC); 4. Josh Moffett/James Fulton (Ford Fiesta R5); 5. Alastair Fisher/Gordon Noble (Ford Fiesta R5); 6. Keith Cronin/Mikey Galvin (Ford Fiesta R5) 7. Roy White/James O'Brien (Ford Fiesta WRC); 8. Manus Kelly/Gareth Doherty (Subaru WRC); 9. Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Skoda Fabia R5); 10. Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) STANDINGS Proovisional Championship Positions after Round 3: 1. S. Moffett 62pts; 2. R. White 45pts; 3. N. Maguire 40pts; 4. D. Kelly 35pts; 5. D. Boyle 34pts; 6. D. Guest 30pts; 7. S. Maguire 27pts. & 8. A. Hetherington 23pts.

Ed Synan (Ford Escort) is one of the many local drivers taking part in Sunday's Rathkeale House Hotel Circuit of Munster Rally PICTURE MARTIN WALSH. MOTORSPORT, SOCCER AND RUGBY NEWS Successful football event is staged as part of Africa Day JASON O'CONNOR e-mail: sport@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @LimkLeaderSport LAST week in Limerick, Africa Day 2017 comprised of a number of events com- mencing with a photoshoot and official launch by the Mayor of Limerick. The theme for 2017 was “Beyond Africa”, whereby the local community aimed to highlight the positive ex- periences of living in their newcountryandintheirnew homes“beyondAfrica”. FAI Development Officer Jason O'Connor teamed up with Raymond Muwaniri of Doras Luimni and organised a football day in Janesboro FC as part of the FAI's Inter- culturaldepartmentsinvolve- ment in Africa Day nationwide and the event provedtobeahugesuccess. The event celebrated the diversity and potential of Africaanddrewonthetalents of a dynamic African com- munityinLimerick.

With over 50 adult males taking part there were teams from across the city aswell as teams representing Nigeria, SomaliaandKnocklasheen. With a cash prize and tickets for the upcoming senior international friendly between the Republic of Ire- land and Uruguay at stake the games were played at a fant- astic standard in a league format with the Somalian team emerging victorious at theendofthedaysplay. Former Munster loanee Deysel set to join Ulster COLM KINSELLA e-mail: ckinsella@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @ckSportLeader SOUTH African lock Jean Deysel, who spent three months on loan at Munster at the end of this season, is moving to Ulster on a two- year deal.

The abrasive Deysel made six appearances for Munster in all, including two starts, since debuting for the province against Glasgow in April. The 32-year-old played the last 35 minutes of Mun- ster's Guinness PRO12 final fixture with Scarlets at the AvivaStadiumonSaturday. Deysel, who was capped fourtimesbyhiscountry,will join Ulster from the Sharks Super Rugby franchise. He hasmade156appearancesfor the Durban-based outfit since joining from the Lions in 2007. His selection for the Emerging Springboks in their match against the touring British & Irish Lions in 2009 pre-empted a call-up for South Africa's end of seasontourtoEurope.

He made his Test debut against Italy in November that year and has played in a further three Tests. More re- cently, Deysel signed a con- tract to join Japanese side Toyota Verblitz at the conclu- sion of the 2014 Super Rugby season. Members of Doras Luimni, along with FAI Development Officer Jason O'Connor, and participants who took part in this year's Africa Day celebrations in Janesboro FC FAI DEVELOPMENT NEWS

24 LIMERICK LEADER www.limerickleader.ie Wednesday, May 31, 2017 SPORT Munster '6' to start for Irish U-20s SIX Munster players have been selected to start for Ireland’s U-20s in their World Rugby Under 20 Championship opener against Italy this Wednesday afternoon in Georgia, 12.30pm Irish time. The Irish U-20s backline forthePoolBopenerincludes Young Munster’s Calvin Nash on the left wing, while ex- Glenstal Abbey School star Colm Hogan will start on the rightwing. The Ireland pack includes UL-Bohemian prop Joey Conway, Garryowen hooker Diarmuid Barron, while the YoungMunsterduoofFineen Wycherley and Gavin Coombes are selected in the second row and back row re- spectively.

Barron will win his first capatthislevelinthegame. Munster also have two representatives named on the replacements bench in Shannon’s Jack Stafford and Young Munster out-half Alan Tynan. Ireland U-20 coach Peter Malone said "This Junior World Championship is al- ways an exciting competition and the we are looking for- wardtothechallenge.” Ireland, finalists in the tournament last season, will take on Scotland in their second Pool B fixture on Sunday morning at 10am Irish time, before completing their pool fixtures against New Zealand on Thursday, June8at12.30pmIrishtime. Ireland famously beat the BabyBlacks12monthsagoon route to making the final wheretheylosttoEngland. Ireland's fixtures will be shown live on eir Sport. The tournament will also be shown on ITV and streamed viatheWorldRugbywebsite. BY COLM KINSELLA e-mail: ckinsella@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @ckSportLeader Limerick's James Ryan, right, pictured with Clare's Pat O'Connor at the launch of the Munster GAA Championships at Muckross House, Killarney. Limerick and Clare senior hurlers will meet in the first of the Munster semi-finals this Sunday at Semple Stadium, Thurles, 4pm. The game will be live on Sky Sports Kiely: ‘Only our best will be good enough’ ONLY Limerick's best per- formance of the season will be good enough to beat Clare in Sunday’s Munster SHC semi final, according to manager John Kiely.

And, that’s despite in- juries ruling out Patrick- swell’s Diarmaid Byrnes and Na Piarsaigh’s William O’Donoghue. St Patricks’ Gearoid Hegarty, a vice-captain along with Byrnes, will be given every chance this week to prove his fitness but ahead of the team announcement on Friday evening, he is rated as 50-50. It’s about being the best thatwecan beon Sundayand if we do that I am confident it will be good enough,” said a confidentJohnKielyaheadof Sunday. LastJulyTheBannerwere 0-19 to 0-15 winners when these sides met in the All Ire- land SHC Qualifier in Thurles.

Ahead of Sunday’s re- match, the bookies make Clare the 4/7 favourites to reach a July 9 provincial final againstCorkorWaterford. “We have continually im- proved all season and that hasn’tstoppedandwon’tstop onSunday,”saidKiely. ”Since Galway (league semi final defeat) we feel we have found consistency of performance – the level has really increased for the last sixweeks,”heexplained. Limerick have beaten Cork, Dublin and Waterford in pre-championship chal- lenge games. The form lines would suggest that five players are battling to make their first Munster SHC starts, including two sets of Na Piarsaigh brothers – Alan andDavidDempseyandMike andPeterCasey.Alsobidding forinclusionis2016Limerick minorcaptainKyleHayes. Inall,Limerickcouldhave seven changes from the side that lost to Clare last July, while The Banner appear more settled, albeit they are alsoundernewmanagement, andcouldhave12oflastyear’s teamonduty.

Defeat on Sunday will sendLimerickintotheAllIre- land SHC Qualifiers with a gameonSaturdayJuly1. Sunday’s semi final, at 4pm, will be televised exclus- ively on Sky Sports. Match tickets are now on sale from Centra outlets and online at gaa.tickets.ie– prepurchased tickets come with a €5 dis- count. The curtain-raiser, at 2.00, willbethenew Munster U-25 championship between LimerickandClare. BY JEROME O’CONNELL e-mail: joconnell@limerickleader.ie Twitter: @JeromeSport LIMERICK PLAYS HOST TO THE CIRCUIT OF MUNSTER CAR RALLY THIS SUNDAY: PAGE 23 PICTURE SPECIAL AT LAUNCH OF OVER 40S SOCCER: PAGES 20-21 www.limerickleader.ie/sport MORETOSEE @LIMERICK_LEADER FACEBOOK.COM/LIMERICKLEADER EMAIL sport@limerickleader.ie CALL THE SPORTS DESK 061-214514 LEADER SPORT ON TWITTER Colm Kinsella @ckSportLeader Jerome O'Connell @JeromeSport