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Mullinavat G.A.A. Celebrations

posted 5 Feb 2011, 12:21 by Tom Duggan   [ updated 5 Feb 2011, 12:26 ]
Dancin'  the night away

The men and women of the local GAA clubs joined forces last weekend as the Annual Dinner Dance was held in the Rising Sun Mullinavat.  This was a special occasion due to the success of both sexes during the playing season.  The hurling club were reviewing a year where all adult teams in the club had silver wear to show off.  On the other hand the ladies of the camogie club had got together to celebrate the most successful year in the clubs history.  In that unforgettable year 2010 they had become kingpins of senior camogie in Kilkenny winning both the league and championship double for the very first time.
Festivities kicked off shortly after 8 o clock and guests were treated to a beautiful 4 course meal courtesy of the Rising Sun.  New club chairman Billy Walsh addressed the gathering and welcomed the large turnout to the night.  He was very proud of the achievements of all the hurling teams in the parish and also congratulated the footballers on the great victory they had in the senior football league.  Billy stated that his wish for the coming year was that the intermediate team could go one better and take home the championship and bring senior hurling back to the parish of Mullinavat.  The chairman then called on Fr Liam Barron parish priest to say a few words.  Fr Barron was again wholesome in his praise of the voluntary contribution that the GAA makes to the parish in Mullinavat and he too wished them well in the coming season.  He congratulated the girls on their terrific achievements throughout the year and said it was a very special day in callan when they won their first senior county title.
The next speaker was Mr Ned Quinn secretary of the Kilkenny county board and Mr Quinn said that Mullinavat were a special club in that they had teams in all grades in Kilkenny, and through their participation in camogie and handball they epitomised all that the GAA stands for.  He also paid tribute to clubman Tommy Duggan who had to step down as Chairperson of the football board and the referee’s committee after 15 years service.  This had taken place due to a rule in the organisation that officials could serve no longer than 5 years in any official capacity.  He was delighted to see such an array of trophies on display and he too congratulated the girls on their historic achievement.  Finally he wished the club the best of luck for the coming season but not at the expense of his home club Mooncoin.  He then presented the hurlers and footballers with the league medals that they had won throughout the year.
Michael Law chairman of the camogie club then took the microphone and welcomed everyone to the function.  Michael stated that last year was a dream come through for the camogie club and the winning of the championship was the highlight.  After many years of trying they finally overcame the women of St Lachtins of Freshford to reach the summit of Kilkenny camogie.  He welcomed the distinguished guest’s and asked chairperson of the Kilkenny camogie association Mrs Catherine Neary to say a few words.  Mrs Neary congratulated all of the clubs officials and mentors on their terrific year and said that this did not happen overnight.  Mullinavat over the last number of years had great success underage in Kilkenny and this success was now bearing fruition.  Mrs Neary wished them all the best for the coming year when they try to retain their crown and she presented the winning members of the panel with their league and championship medals.
Sean and Eily Kelly of the Rod Iron Bar Mullinavat presented each member of the panel with a cut glass memento to mark the fantastic and historic year.  Mrs Pearl MC Donald outgoing secretary of the county camogie board made the presentation.  With the presentations over Michael  just wanted to give special mention to Andy Aylward and his daughter Brid who could not make the function due to a bereavement.  Both Andy and Brid had played huge parts in getting the club to this great day and the camogie clubs thoughts and wishes were with them on their sad occasion.  Michael wished everybody a good night and with that handed over to Pat Tracey to entertain the patrons into the early hours.  The girls got the party underway and with the Black Eyed Peas “tonight  goin to be a good night” blasting out in the background they bopped till they dropped.

P.R.O Mullinavat
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