Na Piarsaigh

Founded 1968

Co. Limerick

Club History

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.