Erin’s Own GAA celebrated their 125th anniversary in style on Saturday night in Hotel Kilkenny. A full house was treated to a great night’s entertainment. The Artane boys band got proceedings underway, with a set full of music from different genres,creating a real sense of occassion.
Guest speaker Liam Griffin spoke eloquently about the positive role of the GAA within the community, and how it has evolved over the years.Guests enjoyed a four course meal. Joe O’Neill read his poem titled “the wearing of the blue”, which beautifully captures what it means to represent your parish on the field and the lifelong bonds formed as a result.Invited guests Paul Kinsella Co.Board chairman and Nicky Brennan were fulsome in their praise for the club, acknowledging the wonderful acheivement of reaching our 125th year, praising the ongoing development of Ballycomey, the strides being made on the field of play at all levels, and the work of previous generations. Club chairman Michael Owens thanked the people of the parish for their continued support, our main sponsors Fordes Eurospar and the Railway Garage were thanked for their generous support.
A monster raffle took place with prizes of five hotel breaks and a â¬200 eurospar voucher won on the night. Medals were presented to the victourous Senior league sheild,Byrne cup and Paddy Cahill sides,Eoin Meally minor and Martin Fogarty & Damien Fogarty senior were presented with momentos to mark their involvement with county teams. Club Secretary read a letter from GAA president Christy Cooney, which echoed the previous speakers sentiments.
Uisce Beatha packed the dance floor, with young and old throughout their set, they were followed by a disco, which ensured the celebrations continued into the early hours. It was lovely to see a large numbers of family groups in attendance, which essentially is what the GAA is all about.