In celebratory lights
Cork got their just reward in 2010. A pity that we didn’t win an All-Ireland earlier because our team would had progressed and won more titles. It will be interesting to follow the progress of Mourneabbey in the next few years after losing three All-Ireland finals to come back and savour glory,” he said.
All-Ireland-winning manager Conor Counihan added congratulations.
“A fantastic guy and player, he delivered quality performances for club, division and county over a long career. We will treasure his displays, hopefully Cork can unearth a few more Donncha O’Connors,” he said.
Donncha applauded the messages of support in addition to the presence of former teammates and managements.
“It’s so much easier to play in a game rather than stand here. I want to thank the public and my family for their support. There is so much that I owe to my club Ballydesmond, that’s evident by the effort they put into this event. It was an absolute honour to play for the club. Hopefully, I can continue to do so in the next few years”, he said.
Adding their congratulations to Donncha were sporting opponents Andy Moran, Paul Galvin, Colm Cooper, Tomás Ó Sé, Peter Canavan, Seán Cavanagh, Marc Ó Sé and Bernard Brogan with former colleague and Australian-based Ciarán Sheehan recalling his playing days with Cork. From the world of entertainment came best wishes from Danny O’Reilly of
as did commentators Marty Morrissey and Ger Canning.
Donal Vaughan, Tadgh Ryan and Seán Murphy vouched for loyalty and commitment to Ballydesmond while Duhallow Board Secretary Tony McAuliffe spoke of Donncha keeping his feet on the ground as a massive servant to Ballydesmond, Duhallow and Cork.
Ballydesmond National School Children delivering a rendition of ‘The Banks of My Own Lovely Lee’ at the the Donncha O’Connor Tribute Night.
Ballydesmond GAA PRO Richard Flynn pictured with cousins Denise and Mairéad O’Connor at the Donncha O’Connor Tribute Night.
Donncha O’Connor pictured with 2010 selectors Jim Nolan and Ger O’Sullivan at the Tribute Night in Ballydesmond.
Donncha O’Connor accepts a set of Golf Clubs from Ballydesmond GAA presented by his dad Dan.
Donncha O’Connor presents his mum with a Bouquet of flowes at the special get together in Ballydesmond.