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Hannon returns as Kiely names side for League Final

By Raffaele Rocca / March 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Adare’s Declan Hannon will return to the Limerick starting lineup for Sunday’s Allianz League final with Waterford at Croke Park. Paddy O’Loughlin will drop to the bench in what are the only changes to the starting fifteen that beat Dublin in last weekend’s semi final. The only other change to the match day panel sees…

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Further hoop success for Colaiste Ide agus Iosef

By Raffaele Rocca / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale have made it a clean sweep of regional basketball titles claiming both the first and second year boys’ tournaments last week. The Abbeyfeale second years avenged an early season defeat by beating Mungret Community College 33-20 in their final. Captained by Eli Fitzgerald the team were involved in an epic…

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Limerick’s Bob Shanahan recognised at 2018 National Greyhound Racing Awards

By Raffaele Rocca / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Limerick’s Bob Shanahan has received a Special Merit Award at the 2018 National Greyhound Awards in Kildare. Mr Shanahan received the prize from the Irish Greyhound Board, along with Tim Keane of Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Both Bob and Tim have been involved with Limerick’s Advisory Council. Having previously been a director at Limerick Greyhound Stadium,…

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The Breakdown EP95: Munster get job done but will improve for Edinburgh

By Raffaele Rocca / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster had a poor opening half against the Italians on Saturday night but recovered well to keep pace with Glasgow at the top of Conference A of the Pro14. Michael Bradley’s side ran out to a 12-0 lead but Munster managed to pull back a try before half time through Jeremy Loughman. A far better…

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WATCH: van Graan & Stander react to Munster’s win over Zebre

By Raffaele Rocca / March 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster did enough to claim a 31-12 bonus point win over Zebre and stay second in Conference A of the Pro14 just three points off the Glasgow Warriors. The visitors led 12-5 heading into the dressing rooms at the interval with Munster’s only score of the half coming in the last play of the half…

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WATCH: Munster make hard work of Zebre but keep pace with Glasgow

By Raffaele Rocca / March 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

Johann van Graan’s side did just about enough to claim the bonus point over the bottom placed Italian side with a 31-12 win which sees them keep pace with the Glasgow Warriors who also picked up five match points in their clash with the Cheetahs. Munster suffered a torrid opening half with saw them cough…

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Munster name team for Zebre clash

By Raffaele Rocca / March 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Munster squad has been named for Saturday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Zebre at Thomond Park (7.45pm).  CJ Stander captains the side on his return from international duty with Jack O’Donoghue making his first start since recovering from a serious knee injury. There are seven changes to the side that faced Scarlets three weeks…

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Billy Lee names team for league encounter with Antrim

By Raffaele Rocca / March 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Limerick football manager Billy Lee has named his side to take on Antrim in their final league game of the 2019 campaign in Newcastlewest on Sunday afternoon. Donal O’Sullivan – Monaleen                                                   Sean O’Dea – Kilteely Dromkeen                              Gareth Noonan – Dromcollogher Broadford            Luke Murphy – Monaleen Jim Liston – Gearld Griffins                                       Iain Corbett – Newcastlewest                                                        Gordon…

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The Breakdown EP94: Six Nations Post Mortem & Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater

By Raffaele Rocca / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

We look back on a poor campaign for Ireland and why we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater with the World Cup approaching. Wales were undoubtedly the best side in the competition but despite being well below par, Ireland can still make improvements between now and September. All that plus a look at…

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The Breakdown EP93: Six Nations Showdown Preview & U20s take Grand Slam

By Raffaele Rocca / March 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

With the Six Nations coming to a climax this weekend, we look at Ireland’s chances in Wales as Joe Schmidt looks to get one over his Kiwi compatriot. Rob Kearney returns to full back which should counteract some of Wales aerial game and with Tadhg Beirne and Peter O’Mahony in the pack, Ireland have a…

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