Several Limerick sides were in action across an action-packed week for the county
By James Roulston Mooney
College Gaelic fixtures and pre-season displays were at the centre of this week in sport as Limerick teams competed in various codes.
The University of Limerick Sigerson Cup side are the stars of the week after a brilliant win over holders NUI Galway.
Leitrim inter-county player Paul Keaney racked up seven points for the away team as last year’s runners-up exacted revenge in extra-time to progress to the competition’s final four.
DCU are next up for UL on Wednesday evening, with a spot in the final the reward for the victors
In the Fitzgibbon Cup, TUS Midwest’s fate was decided by ATU Galway, who spelled the end of the Limerick third-level team’s campaign this year with a 2-21 to 1-18 defeat.
Limerick’s gaelic footballers will look to put a poor start to life in Division Two of the Allianz National League behind them when they welcome Dublin to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
The All-Ireland-winning hurlers will be in Cork on Saturday night to start their league campaign, with a stronger campaign expect of them this time around.
PBC and Castletroy College’s rugby teams have earned their spots in the Munster Schools Junior Cup semi-finals after wins over Rockwell College and St. Munchin’s.
The latter two schools still have a path to the semi-finals, despite defeat, with Ardscoil Rís and Crescent College standing in their way after their wins over Glenstal Abbey and CBC respectively.
In soccer, Aisling Annacotty booked their spot in the Tuohy Cup final after a convincing 4-0 win over Carew Park on Thursday evening – they await the victors of Charleville v Pike Rovers in the other semi-final.
As preparations for their upcoming seasons continue, the Treaty United men’s and women’s teams have been busy getting game time under their belt and building their squads.
The men’s side look forward to an away trip to play Shelbourne this Saturday while Naoise Griffin and Aoife Mulkern committed their futures to the women’s team.
A Munster Senior Cup semi-final also awaits the men’s squad – more details will be provided for their fixture against Cobh Ramblers in due course.
The Limerick Celtics men’s team will host Corkonian side Father Matthews this Saturday evening in Crescent College in Dooradoyle at 7 pm in Division 1 of the InsureMyVan,ie National League.
The Limerick Sport Eagles will entertain St Paul’s Killarney on the same night at 7:45 pm in the UL Arena.
The MissQuote.ie Division 1 will see Limerick Celtics women’s entertaining the Portlaoise Panthers in Dooradoyle at 4:45 pm, preceding the men’s fixture.
The Limerick Sport Huskies also precede the Eagles with a match against the Marble City Hawks, with their game taking place in the PESS Building on the UL campus at 5 pm that day.
On the national front, Peter O’Mahony will earn his 90th cap for Ireland when they face Wales in round one of the 2023 Six Nations Championship.
Tadhg Beirne will also line up in the scrum with him while centurion Conor Murray is named on the bench.
There’s lots to look forward to in Limerick’s sporting world, keep an eye out for next week’s round-up.