SPORTS ROUND-UP: Byrne likely to make Treaty debut in Galway

Alec Byrne is likely to make his debut for Treaty United against Galway United on Friday night.

New signing Alec Byrne is likely to feature for Treaty United in their SSEA Airtricity First Division outing away to Galway United at Eamon Deacy Park this Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm). 

Byrne (23) joins from Cork City, where he has been involved since 2015. Holder of League of Ireland (First Division) and Munster Senior Cup medals, the Carrigaline native is certain to bolster midfield options for Treaty manager Tommy Barrett. 

With Cork, Byrne made over 50 competitive senior appearances. 

In their league opener, Treaty were unlucky to lose 1-0 against Bray Wanderers, with the only goal arriving at the Markets Field at the death from Ben Feeney. 

On the local front, Pike Rovers entertain Charleville in the semi-final of the Tuohy Cup tomorrow (Thursday) night. On Sunday next, 2pm, Fairview Rangers face a tricky Munster Junior Cup outing at Waterford Crystal.

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Fairview postponed activities at this past weekend due to the untimely passing of popular club stalwart James (Barnes) Flanagan. 

“All at the club know of James’ contribution to the club in different roles throughout the years and are massively grateful for his efforts,” the club said, expressing their condolence to Mr Flanagan’s family.


SHANNON slightly eased their Division 1A AIL worries with an impressive 43-17 bonus point victory over Dublin University at Thomond Park.

Jordan Prenderville (2), Lee Nicholas, Luke Rigney, Dan Hurley, and Daniel Okeke scored tries for the winners, who were also awarded a penalty try. John O’Sullivan landed three conversions for The Parish. 

Rooted in relegation territory are Garryowen following a 52-12 loss at UCD. 

Garryowen entertain Shannon at Dooradoyle in a few days’ time. 

Elsewhere, Young Munster lost 27-24 to Clontarf at Castle Avenue but remain in fourth position. The Cookies host Ballynahinch at the weekend. 


SARAH Lavin (Emerald AC) again came close to beating the eight second barrier, clocking 8.03 to easily land the Women’s 60m Hurdles title at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the National Arena in Dublin. 


LIMERICK has confirmed that it will once again host the €150,000 Con & Kirby Memorial Stake.

The world’s richest juvenile competition will begin on Saturday, March 25 and continue through, to Friday April 21, just ahead of Limerick’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship opener against Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles. 

This will be the tenth running of the stake, named in memory of the parents of sponsor Noreen (and JP) McManus, who are avid followers of the sport. 

On Saturday next, Pat Buckley of Doon – a three time winner of the Kirby – has the likely favourite, Stream of Sydney, in the €16,000 to-the-winner Gold Cup Final at Shelbourne Park.

In Limerick, taking centre-stage on Saturday night will be the semi-finals of The Talking Dogs 600, a stake which carries a winners’ prize of €1,550.


BRUFF chase a dream All-Ireland Junior Hurling title when the Limerick and Munster champions take on Leinster champions Sarsfields (Galway) in Saturday’s Final at St Ita’s Park, Raheenagh, 2pm.

Bruff are a fine side, one which includes some natural performers like James Callinan, Niall Brosnan, captain Cian Madden, Oisin Mulqueen, Bradley McNamara, Diarmaid Dennehy, Patrick Dempsey and, of course, the genius that is David Browne, scorer of a brilliant 11 points in the memorable semi-final defeat of St Martin’s, Kilkenny.

Doon are the only Limerick club to have previously won this championship (in 2015), for which the winners are awarded the Killeedy Perpetual Cup.

Bruff will be contesting the All-Ireland Junior Hurling Final on Saturday.