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PHOTOS Na Piarsaigh GAA Club fly high for abseil fundraiser



Na Piarsaigh GAA Club fundraiser saw senior hurlers Keith Dempsey, Gearoid Synott, Tommy Grimes, Cathal King & Daithi Dempsey taking on the challenge.

Na Piarsaigh GAA Club fundraiser club members went to new heights on Saturday, May 25

Na Piarsaigh GAA abseil fundraiser took place at Thomond Park on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Picture: Olena Oleksiienko/ilovelimerick

Na Piarsaigh GAA Club in Caherdavin, Ennis Road went to new heights for an upcoming fundraiser on May 25th.

The club is fundraising for improvements and ongoing maintenance of their facility in Limerick, as well as serving the large amount of underage teams the club has.

Over 30 people took part and to abseil from the highest point of Thomond Park.



“The spirit of the community” in Caherdavin, Na Piarsaigh brings people together in the area through its hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie, and other community programmes the club offers.

“It’s a super club,” said Club Secretary, Lavinia Duggan, adding, “It’s athletic excellence, but at the heart of it, it’s got a fabulous community spirit with people, beautiful facilities, pristine pitches and we’ve got a state of the art, newly refurbished clubhouse, which can host up to 300 people.”

The clubhouse serves as a place for community activities hosting many different programmes in association with Limerick Sports Partnership, the facility “can bring the community together at all ages, which is really important”.

Fundraising, similar to the Thomond Park abseil, is crucial for maintaining these facilities and keeping them to the highest standard, with constant maintenance required to keep the facilities in prime condition.

“You’re trying to make sure that you maintain the pitches and that needs maintenance all year through, but we also have equipment. When we do things with the kids, we have a really vibrant underage programme, kids are down there on Saturday mornings and Friday evenings, boys and girls, which is fabulous, they’re all down there just enjoying their sport.”

As well as that, the club provides much-needed support to its athletes, including strength and conditioning programmes, physiotherapy, and other programmes which help the players grow and develop.

The Club Secretary pointed to the importance of “grass roots” in the club, noting the young players today could be important inter-county stars in the future, “Na Piarsaigh is there since 1968, it didn’t just happen. We have a history of loads of championship wins as well, we were county final champions last year.

“What happens there as well, which is really important, is that all our seniors like our Mike Casey, our Peter Casey, our Will and Connor who all play for Limerick, they all started under age, they all go in their fives, you know, it’s a training ground for life.”

The club is open to everyone. Whether under five, under 18, or even 50 or 60, everyone is encouraged to get involved with the Na Piarsaigh inclusive ethos extending to all age groups.

For those looking to join or support, Na Piarsaigh represents an opportunity to engage with a dynamic community deeply rooted in athletic and social excellence.

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Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick

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