Tinahely stars celebrated
TINAHELY juvenile GAA club held its presentation night last Saturday in the community centre. The special guests on the night were our two local lads who are at present on the Wicklow U-21 football team, Patrick O'Rourke and Shane Hogan.
Packie Gorman our new chairman was the MC and he thanked all the people from the ladies who do so much work in the background when the club hosts the Go Games hurling and football blitz through out the year to all the coaches who give up so much of their time to be involved with the young boys and girls teaching them how to play GAA games.
He also thanked Jim Coogan who was in attendance and the Senior club for their help and wished them luck in the year ahead.
Packie also congratulated the Tinahely ladies club for the super 2012 they had and hopefully they would go a little better this year especially in Leinster.
He also congratulated Patrick and Shane along with Conor Hatton and Jamie Cullen who were all part of Wicklow county football teams in the last year.
Packie also thanked the outgoing committee of Martin Ging, William Furlong, and Jimmy Lillis for all the good work and the strong footing the club has as we move forward.
Also he gave credit to the principals in the three schools Mrs Gallagher, Tinahely, Mrs Hadden, Kilcommon, and Mrs Murphy Crossbridge for encouraging GAA games within.
Packie also thanked Fiona and Joe Mallick Bus Hire for the refreshments on the night and their support throughout the years, Al Lawless APL, Pat Nolan Painting Contractor and Harry Ellis Well Drilling for the sponsorship of jerseys for the U-10 and U-12 teams and to all the other people who donate money towards the running of the club
Kieran O'Shea our new secretary and the vice chairman of the Coiste na n'Og then took over for the presentation of medals to all our U-8 and U-10 boys and girls who took part in the Go Games hurling and football blitz's. Then we moved onto our U12 hurlers who won the mini festival final and U12 footballers who also won the mini festival final in 2012.
Rory Stokes then took over for the presentation of the U-14 B football Shield medals. Before finishing up Kieran told the players and parents about the New GAA rule that all juvenile players have to wear mouth guards from U-6 to U-18 to training and to all football games from the start of this year.
Packie then finished off by encouraging all the young players do their best and at the end of the day it's not all about winning but enjoying the games you play.
The Tinahely U-12s with mentors Eamonn Bradley, Olive Bradley and Martin Ging at the Tinahely juvenile awards night.
The Tinahely U-10s with mentors Niall O'Dare, Eugene O'Neill and Kieran O'Shea.
The Tinahely U-12s with Rory Stokes, Maurice Hedderman and Willie Furlong.
U-21 county players Shane Hogan and Paddy O'Rourke with Adam Cullen (centre back) and front, Kevin Mulhall, Reid Byrne, Conor Breslin and Killian McDonagh.
U Can award winners, Eoin Darcy, Conor Breslin and Matthew Ging with mentor Patrick Gorman.