Dinner Dance: All went merry as a marriage bell at the Eire Og Dinner and Presentation Dance in Greystones Golf Club on Saturday night.Indeed so much so that many of the patrons didnt find their way to their abodes until well into the early hours.
Ag cur filte dO roimh an slua, Cathaoirleach John Keane emphasised the importance of such occasions in creating a sense of community within the club and in this regard he spoke of his great pleasure at seeing so many female members (must have been close to 50/50), camogie and peil, present.John expressed his desire of seeing the club play a vibrant role in Na Clocha Liatha at large and making a significant contribution to its well-being, particularly to that of its youth.He indicated that he had got a sense, on hearing the joyful sound emanating from the large concourse of little girls and boys enjoying their introduction to the games of peil and iomint at the opening session of the clubs academy earlier in the day, that the club was evolving in this direction.Incidentally Uachtarn Ray Barrys granddaughter Aoife (4thgeneration of Barrys) achieved the age of participation on Saturday.
The presentations were an important part of the nights proceedings but thanks to the cathaoirleachs sensible control of matters their encroaching into the time set aside for the nights revelries was minimal.In a moment of philanthropic madness John held aloft the 100 euro note which was to be the prize for a free draw among the tables.The camOgs were the lucky ones.Trophies were awarded as follows: PEIL SOISEAR, Player of the year (PoY) Anto Byrne, Clubman of the Year (CoY) Conall Deeney presented by Johnny Barry.IOMINT SOISEAR: PoY Brian Lawless, CoY Sen Looby presented by Ciarn Goff.IOMINTSINSEAR: presented by Gavin McGowan, PoY Billy Cuddihy, CoY (chosen by players) Dan ONeill.PEIL SINSEAR presented by the dapper John Wynne, PoY Daniel Keane, CoY Liam Maguire.CAMOGAOCHT presented by Ciarn Goff, PoY Rachel Purcell, CoY Suzanne Behan.PEIL NA MBAN presented by Ray McTague, PoY Ciara Patrick, CoY Wendela Zeiger.The lady footballers, managed by SEamus, John, Oliver and Conall, were the only section in the club to win championship medals in 2017 and Conall presented their medals to the girls.
The prestigious Club Person of the Year accolade also went the female way (the club must surely be in line for some feminist award!). The recipient was Angela OLeary who was hugely instrumental in putting together the adult camogie panel and has been an important playing member from the start. She famously scored the winning goal in last years Junior Shield Final.Angela also spent a few years in the very demanding role of Child Protection Officer.A very worthy winner of the award. Maith th Angela!
The final award on the night was in the nature of a non-monetary golden handshake and was presented by Uachtarn Ray Barry to Con O Silleabhin who this year retired from the coiste.In reply to the Cathaoirleachs somewhat flattering address Con said that his philosophy in life was that of doing things because it was right and not for praise or blame.He added that he was more than compensated for any contribution he had made to the club in the satisfaction he had derived and in the friendships he had made.
PEIL NA MBANEire Og ladies were at home to Blessington Bs on Sunday in their 1stgame in this years league.Speaking to mentor Conall Brennan as the girls went through their pre-match warm-up routine one learned that he was somewhat perturbed about the effect the Dinner Dance merrymaking might have on the teams performance.In fact he neednt have worried as it was not long into the game before it became evident that the effects of the Saturday nights revels were not of such import as to deny the Eire Og girls victory.They started off brightly and were 4-05 to 1-03 ahead at the break.On the resumption Blessington upped their game and outscored the hosts by 3 points in the 2ndhalf.
Unfortunately our ladies did not have a dedicated goalie and the role was shared between Katie OReilly and Alice ONeill.Luckily they both proved to be more than adequate to the task.Ellie ONeill and Rachel Purcell supplied most of the Eire Og scores.The team was delighted to welcome back Orla Minogue who was returning after a few years away from the sport and Erin Wylie who had been sidelined due to injury.