Dromtariffe chairman hopes club will be left singing and dancing
THE younger contingent of Dromtariffe GAA are perfectly primed to compete in the Munster JAFC. So says Club Chairman Gerard Tancred who is impressed by their attitude as it frees them up to perform the game they want to play.
“Their performances in both the semi and county final were fantastic, we weren’t given much of a chance against both Iveleary and Kilmacabea. Importantly in all our games we demonstrated at different stages of the heart and skill to get back into big games and win to enjoy outstanding victories,” he said.
It has been a phenomenal season for one of the oldest clubs in the country, last September, they scripted a new chapter in a rapid rise to hurling prominence. Just two seasons ago, they had completed a three in a row in the Duhallow JBHC and added an inter divisional County Junior B title.
That placed Dromtariffe in A level and the expectations were of a sustained spell to find their feet. However, the door quickly opened again, this time Dromtariffe, fielding a youthful side claimed the John Joe Brosnan Memorial Cup for the first time.
“From its founding days in
1895, the club has been blessed with teams and individuals that are part of folklore. 2018 has been a fantastic season, writing a new name on the Duhallow Junior Hurling Roll of honour and now adding a County Junior A Football title, it confirms the right ingredients are in place for our teams to gel,” he said.
“I couldn’t put it into words what it means to win a county, Dromtariffe is a proud club, that’s evident from the supporters that cheered us on and encourage our teams. That will again apply to our involvement in the Munster Club Junior A Football campaign,” said a busy Chairman.
Indeed, Gerald is hoping all involved with the team and club will be putting their best foot forward to one of the busiest day’s in the club history on Saturday. Apart from the Munster JAFC quarter-final in Mallow, club officers, players, team management and supporters will be leaving their hair down for a few hours at a Strictly Come Dancing fund raiser in Charleville.
“The event is organised to generate finance for a five year Development Plan where Dromtariffe GAA along with its Juvenile and Ladies Football interests are seeking to build upon the excellent work from the past and further strengthen club membership, playing activity, structures and profile,” he said.
Diverse projects such as a new sand based pitch, astro turf, new spectator stand to a walk way around the perimeter of the club complex are part of the upgrade facilities planned to cater for both existing membership and the growing interest in gaelic games.
Heading into a Munster campaign confirms the strides made by a flourishing club.