In cel­e­bra­tory lights

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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.

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