Congratulations to our 5 girls who received their medals for winning the Neville Cup and the Larkin Shield last night in Bulgaden.
Limerick hurling manager John Kiely presented the girls with their medals.
Sixth class had a wonderful day at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick exhibiting their project and getting to experience all that the ESB Science Blast had to offer.
This included taking part in science based demonstrations and activities and also moving around the venue to view other schools’ projects.
Congratulations to them and their teacher, Mrs Kennedy, for a job well done with their project.
Pupils took part in a range of events from 80 metre races to 400 metre races, long jump and relays.
After all the events were completed, both our girls’ and boys’ teams finished very close second in both categories.
Well done to everyone that took part and a big thank you to all who supported the school on the day with transport.
Special thanks to everyone who helped the boys and girls get ready for their big day, especially, Mr Martin Franklin, Breda Kennedy & Louise Morris. Also, well done to the choir and Ms Barry who added to the occasion with the lovely music. Thank you too to Fr Seán for the lovely ceremony.
After a few cancellations due to the busy nature of the helicopter’s role, loud cheers went up from the school’s pupils as the helicopter came into view coming from Lough Gur’s direction. After circling Anthony Baggott Park, the huge machine landed. The crew were enormously generous with their time as they allowed all the children present to board the helicopter and answered the many questions they had. They also explained the important jobs the helicopter is tasked with on an almost daily basis and gave the children tips about staying safe when in the outdoors. One of the four crew was Bruff native and winchman Robbie Moloney. To add to what was an already spectacular experience for the children, before departure, the helicopter took off and winched Robbie from the ground before it sped off into the distance. A day that will live long in the memory for all present.
An early 6:30am departure from Herbertstown did not quell the excitement on the trip and the bus arrived at the venue around 10am.
In a group of three, Herbertstown first played Rush NS from Co. Dublin. The girls led at half time in this game but, as is the nature of this fast paced sport, some quick goals turned the tide and the game ended in a defeat, 6 goals to 4.
That meant that a win was required in the second group game against St. Paul’s Ratoath. This game was an excellent example of how exciting Olympic Handball can be, with end to end action and high skills on display throughout. Despite a terrific display right to final moments where the Ratoath goalkeeper blocked 2 or 3 great shots, a 3-3 draw was not enough for Herbertstown to move forward in the competition.
A bonus game against Fermoyle NS of Co. Longford, who had also been knocked out, gave us one further game where our girls ran out convincing winners.
As it happened, St. Pauls, Ratoath NS went on and won the All Ireland title later that afternoon.
The girls were fantastic ambassadors for the school and County Limerick throughout the day and deserve huge credit for their achievements this year in Olympic Handball.