Civic Re­cep­tion at County Hall for Sligo ladies

Praise for Sligo ladies

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THE Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor Sea­mus Kil­gan­non hosted a re­cep­tion in County Hall for the County Sligo Ladies Team, to hon­our the achieve­ment in win­ning the Con­nacht Ti­tle and reach­ing the All Ire­land semi-fi­nal.

In his ad­dress the Cathaoir­leach said: “Any person who at­tains to the level of a Pro­vin­cial Cham­pion in any dis­ci­pline should feel ex­tremely proud of their achieve­ment. This suc­cess did not hap­pen over-night, it is the re­sult of years of hard work and in­tense prepa­ra­tion and train­ing. We can only haz­ard a guess at the sac­ri­fices made by the mem­bers of the squad to achieve the level of fit­ness re­quired to com­pete so well at this level.” He added: “Any­one who has wit­nessed their per­for­mances through­out the year will have seen their out­stand­ing team-work and enor­mous sense of pride in rep­re­sent­ing their county. It is very few peo­ple have that hon­our, and it should in­stil mem­o­ries that will stay with you for the rest of your lives.

“The achieve­ment of be­ing crowned Con­nacht Cham­pi­ons in suc­ces­sive years marks this team out as very special, but it also serves to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of young foot­ballers who fol­low your ca­reers with great interest.

“Some neigh­bour­ing coun­ties may have greater pop­u­la­tions and a wider club base to choose from, but they would find it hard to match the spirit, skill and am­bi­tion of the Sligo Ladies Team.” Cllr Kil­gan­non added: “I think it is fair to say that your suc­cess in Con­nacht was noted and ad­mired well be­yond the sport­ing arena, it was the sub­ject of dis­cus­sions in house­holds all over the county.

“To progress to the level you have de­manded a con­tri­bu­tion from each and ev­ery mem­ber of the squad, not just the start­ing team. That is the na­ture of the modern game, and ev­ery­one made a valued con­tri­bu­tion along this won­der­ful jour­ney. While our fo­cus this evening is on the players who have de­liv­ered this suc­cess, they will be the first to ac­knowl­edge the role played by Team Man­ager Paddy Henry, his coach­ing staff, man­age­ment com­mit­tee, and the network of volunteers, fam­i­lies, friends, spon­sors and sup­port­ers who were with you ev­ery step of the way.

“In this year when Sligo cel­e­brates its sta­tus as ‘Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Vol­un­teer­ing’ we publicly salute the many, many peo­ple across our com­mu­ni­ties who have worked so hard to sup­port this team, and will con­tinue to do so in the fu­ture. Given the re­solve and spirit of this team, I very much doubt if you will rest on your lau­rels, but will use the won­der­ful mem­o­ries of 2017 as a step­ping stone to even greater achieve­ments in the fu­ture,” the Cathaoir­leach added.

The re­cep­tion was pre­ceded by a minute’s si­lence in mem­ory of the late Mairead Davey.

Sligo Ladies Gaelic Foot­ball, Panel and Ex­ec­u­tive Group pic­tured with mem­bers of Sligo County Coun­cil at the Civic Re­cep­tion.

Karen Maloney and Katie Davey at the Civic Re­cep­tion.

Katie Davey, Muriel Gormley, Cllr. Mar­garet Gormley, Cllr. Sea­maus Kil­gan­non, Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil, Noelle Gormley, Cap­tain Sligo Ladies, Mar­garet Davey and Me­gan Davey at the Civic Re­cep­tion.

Liam Naughton, Paddy Henry, man­ager and Mar­garet Davey.

Cllr. Sea­maus Kil­gan­non, with Noelle Gormley, Cap­tain, Sligo Ladies, with Sligo Ladies Gaelic Foot­ball Ex­ec­u­tive Group, back row, (l-r), Kevin O’Grady, Regis­trar, Ted Maloney, Keith Gil­roy, Chair­per­son and Martin Seery, Trea­surer. Front: Susan Fi­nan, Sec­re­tary and Marie Clancy.

Noelle Gormley, cap­tain of Sligo ladies, speak­ing.

Keith Gil­roy, Chair­per­son, Sligo Ladies Gaelic Foot­ball.

Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil, Sea­mus Kil­gan­non mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to Noelle Gormley, cap­tain of Sligo ladies.

Sinead and Liam Naughton.

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