ÉIRE ÓG GREY­STONES

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DIN­NER DANCE

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.

JU­VE­NILES

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.

LOTTO

Don’t for­get the Lotto and its aptly named ‘pota óir’ (€9000)

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