Geral­dine O’Han­ra­han’s to host star-stud­ded GAA char­ity night

New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID LOOBY

THE Geral­dine O’Han­ra­han’s Coiste na nÓg sec­tion are host­ing an event fea­tur­ing a galaxy of GAA leg­ends this Fri­day at 8 p.m. in the Bran­don House Ho­tel.

Like ev­ery GAA club cater­ing for young peo­ple in this coun­try, Geral­dine’s vol­un­teers are all go on a 24/7 ba­sis, 12 months a year.

Club chair­man Pat Wick­ham said: ‘ The aim of the club is as al­ways to not just pro­mote our Gaelic games of hurl­ing and foot­ball, but also to bring young­sters to­gether in a safe en­vi­ron­ment to give them a sense of fun and make friends and keep them ac­tive and fit. The up­side of this is the plea­sure and craic achieved by both par­ents and men­tors of the club, but like ev­ery­thing in life there is a re­al­ity to it and that re­al­ity in most clubs nowa­days is the on­go­ing is­sue of fi­nance be it money for hurls, foot­balls, jer­seys, hel­mets, buses, medals etc.’

On com­ing in as Chair­man and Sec­re­tary of the club in 2018 Pat Wick­ham and Geral­dine Ryan were faced with op­er­at­ing the club on a bud­get that was more or less non ex­is­tent, but thanks to par­ents help­ing out with trans­port and money through mem­ber­ship they have cov­ered most ex­penses dur­ing the sea­son with teams com­pet­ing from U-7 to U-17 age groups in both codes. The club even spon­sored the lo­cal school with gear bags for their Rackard League fi­nal ear­lier in the year.

How­ever the Geral­dine O’Han­ra­han’s are now faced with a carry-over into 2019 of a four fig­ure bill for hurls alone and with this in mind, and also the year ahead, they have de­cided to or­gan­ise this en­ter­tain­ing night in the Bran­don House Ho­tel on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, at 8 p.m.

They are hop­ing to have an au­di­ence of 400 peo­ple who will sit and lis­ten and ask ques­tion to a star-stud­ded line-up which in­cludes Davy Fitzger­ald, Richie Power, Mark Fan­ning and Wal­ter Walsh.

Tick­ets are also avail­able from Geral­dine Ryan’s cof­fee shop O’Ri­ain’s in the Ir­ish­town, New Ross.

‘ This is a huge ven­ture for a club with big am­bi­tions to get their un­der-age struc­tures in place to bring out the best in the town’s young kids and get them back up and proud to rep­re­sent the Geral­dine O Han­ra­han’s so the club is ap­peal­ing to its mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity to come out and re­lax and take in a good night’s fun and en­ter­tain­ment among a star-stud­ded line-up. At €20 a ticket you will get full value for money.’

Davy Fitzger­ald.

Mark Fan­ning.

Richie Power.

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