New Limerick book charts the history of GAA in Herbertstown NS

A new book has been released to celebrate the history of GAA activity at Herbertstown National School.

This 2018 page post has been compiled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cumann na mBunscol in 2021.

The book was launched last weekend by National President Cumann na mBunscol at an outdoor event in Herbertstown NS.

“From Larch City to Croke Park” is available for purchase in local stores and at the school for 10 euros.

The launch event was attended by Principal Carmel Helen and teacher and book editor Mike Fitzgerald.

“I think it is important to recognize the imprint of Herbertstown NS, its teachers and pupils on Gaelic Games. This imprint is explored here through the accounts of pupils and former staff and through the photographs that adorn many of the pages,” explained the school owner.

“Many thanks to Mike Fitzgerald for his vision and commitment to producing this book,” said Carmel Helen. “From concept to completion, it was a huge task executed on an exceptional level.”

A treasure chest of local information, the book full of pictures from the past 50 years.

Great read full of match reports, match memories and school events going back to the 70s.

There is significant focus on South Limerick division teams, elementary game teams, and links between local clubs and the school.

The final section of the book looks at the outstanding achievements of the school’s former pupils – among them; 1958 All-Ireland MHC award winner John Bresnan, former Limerick soccer goalkeeper Sean Kiely, former Camogie player Moira Dooley and former women’s soccer player Hazel Fogarty.

Book editor Mike Fitzgerald expressed his thanks to all who helped with the book and a special tribute to the late Harry Greensmith.

“It takes more than individual team training for a school to provide an environment for Gaelic development,” Fitzgerald said.

“The staff at Herbertstown NS have always been staunch supporters of GAA. I want to acknowledge the role of Mrs. Carmel Heelan, Principal of Herbertstown NS, in this book. It would not have happened without her and her interest in Gaelic Grounds will undoubtedly ensure the growth of our National Games at the school for many years to come,” he outlined Fitzgerald.

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