Pa Ranahan

Sustaining Progress Vital For Billy Lee & Limerick Footballers in 2021

By Pa Ranahan / January 13, 2021 /

Every team sets out in a new season with the goal of it being a successful one. From the Junior team who are looking to win a divisional championship, all the way up to the current kingpins of football Dublin. How you realise your potential and reach those goals is where most teams falter. And…

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2020 Green Shoots Cause For Limerick Football Optimism

By Pa Ranahan / January 8, 2021 /

With 2020 now in the rear view mirror, we have a chance to reflect on all that happened, or sadly in a lot of cases did not happen! And seeing as “Reeling In The Years” is under time constraints, a 2020 Limerick Football review will probably not make the final cut. So for posterity sake,…

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Pa Ranahan: Footballers’ “Appetite Hasn’t Been Satisfied With League Success”

By Pa Ranahan / November 3, 2020 /

Pumpkins carved and apples suitably chomped, I settled in for a novel Halloween Night Munster Football Championship game last Saturday. Even with the positive vibes of promotion still lingering, the question still remained; would this be a “Trick” or “Treat” performance from Limerick? There was no need to be spooked though, with Cillian Fahy ghosting…

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Pa Ranahan: Limerick have the assets to continue exceptional year on Saturday

By Pa Ranahan / October 29, 2020 /

Fort Minor’s “Remember The Name” was a tune I would have listened to a lot before games. The lyrics that always struck a chord with me were “This is ten percent luck; Twenty percent skill; Fifteen percent concentrated power of will; Five percent pleasure; Fifty percent pain”. I often attributed those last two lines to…

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Limerick Footballers look to continue in the right direction as the League returns

By Pa Ranahan / October 14, 2020 /

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change” This quote from Charles Darwin has never been more appropriate than to the times we all find ourselves in at the moment. Every day we are being challenged in…

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Abbeyfeale’s Munster Football success can inspire any team

By Pa Ranahan / March 11, 2020 /

AS I made my way out to the Woodlands in Adare to get my rehab programme done last week, the energy levels were low. I wasn’t really feeling it. I decided to give Tom Cahill – someone who I had soldiered with during my early years with Limerick – a call to congratulate him on…

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Pa Ranahan: Recent success gives long term hope for Limerick football

By Pa Ranahan / February 26, 2020 /

Gaelic Football in Limerick certainly had a decent week and Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale hosted its fair share of it. Big wins for the U-20s and the seniors has continued the positive press that Gaelic Football has received both inside and outside the county. And almost unnoticed, the county grounds also provided the backdrop…

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Progress is key as winning becomes a happy habit

By Pa Ranahan / February 11, 2020 /

“IF THEY didn’t change, my Fitbit was going to hop off my hand with the heart rate!” Billy Lee’s quick witted post-match response to a question about Limericks first half showing last weekend. I’ve no doubt he gained a few Fitbit Badges from all the pacing the touchline he did watching his charges leave Netwatch Cullen…

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Promising start for promotion chasing footballers

By Pa Ranahan / January 29, 2020 /

IT FEELS like the Limerick Footballers of recent years have been here before. Encouraging pre-season form (albeit a welcome trophy delivered on this occasion) and positive results to begin a league. Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s character in the famous film initially found himself frustrated having to go through the same sequence time after time without…

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County Football Final Day the Pinnacle of a Well Run Championship

By Pa Ranahan / October 23, 2019 /

Football. Check. Boots. Check. Toffypop Biscuits. Check! As a youngster in Ballysteen I remember running out the road to watch the junior team – who were preparing for a final – train in a local farmers field. The session involved runs up a huge hill and a game. I revelled in being in amongst these…

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