ÉIRE ÓG GREYSTONES
The anticipation is building as we approach the St. Valentine’s Night Dinner Dance where achievement will be celebrated, nostalgia will be indulged, where enjoyment will abound and where, with the night that’s in it, romance will blossom. This year the club is delighted to be honouring players who have gained repute at national level: Stephen ‘Chester’ Kelly who represented Ireland in the shinty/hurling game against Scotland and our Underdogs Caoilfhionn Deeney and Laurie Ahern who bagged a lion’s share of the goals in their representative game against London (TG4). While fully recognising the accomplishments of these players, we in Éire Óg are equally proud of our players who have worn the blue and gold of Cill Manntáin in hurling and football (male and female) at adult and juvenile levels. It must not be forgotten, however, in the euphoria generated by these achievements which no doubt redound to the club’s reputation, that it is at the inter-club level that the state of the club’s health is determined. It is therefore important that recognition be given to the qualities of leadership and commitment in this sphere of activity. Hence the awards of Player of the Year and Club Person of the Year for the various teams will be made at the dance.
2008 was a vintage year for the ladies. They won both the Junior Championship and the League and they will be presented with their medals on Saturday. Recently one came across a quotation from Churchill (he who famously said, when being advised of the merits of hurling, ‘we don’t play native games, they play ours’) which may be appositely used in relation to the girls’ path to these glories viz. success, it is to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm’ (scripture quoting the devil for its own purpose?!)
The best kept secret of the year is the identity of the recipient of the ‘Lifetime of Dedicated Service’ accolade.
Don’t worry! The presentations will not be unduly prolonged and there will be plenty of time for dancing and socialising.
Academies, u-8s etc: the weather has not been their friend so hopefully on their resumption Wednesday 25th (football) and Friday 27th (hurling) February it will have assumed a more clement attitude.
NB The serious question of human resources is being investigated on tomorrow Thursday 12th at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse where there is a meeting of all juvenile managers. Like to become involved? Beidh fáilte romhat ann.
GARDEN COUNTY GAA
Carmel Deeney has received unso- licited mail in the form of a number of copies of the eponymously named publication (€3) from the County Board. It is intended that it will appear monthly. For a copy, contact Carmel at 086 1621651.
Don’t forget the Lotto and its aptly named ‘pota óir’ (€9000)