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Thursday 24 April 2014

Players in seventh heaven as titles awarded at Muirhevnamor FC dance

ON SATURDAY night we headed for the Library Suite in the Fairways Hotel where Muirhevnamor F.C. were hosting their annual dinner dance where they were having a presentation of a staggering seven cups and league titles from their teams from under 8s to seniors and proved that, yet again, they are the most successful team in the town.

Being presented on the night was the under 8 Lee Myles Lucchesi Memorial Cup, under 13s league, under 15s cup, under 18s cup and league runners up, winter league T. J. Moore Cup, Mickey McGee Cup and League, summer league McConville Cup, league, Clancy Cup and runner up in the Fyffe's Cup!

There to officiate at the night was club chairperson Colin Thompson from Manydown Close, secretary Peter McGinn from Drive 1, treasurer Ciaran Bond from Muirhevnamor, Sean Dixon from Grange Drive, Mark Cassidy from Aghameen Park, Stephen McGuill from Woodville Manor, Dean Shields from Clontigora Court, Peter Cassidy from Brookwood Lawns, Martin Gill from Villas 3, Thomas McShane from Drive 2, Niall Cumiskey from Knockbridge, Andy Gray from Glenmore Park, Tiernan Mulvenna from Villas 1, Danny Boy Donnelly from Grange Drive, Mark Gorman from Doolargy Avenue, Aaron Grimes from Grange Drive and Sean Maguire from Cedarwood Park.

I then decided to have a look round to see who was there and first met up with newlyweds Stephen and Ciara McGuill from Woodville Manor who told me that Stephen is the youth manager and he was there to see them pick up some individual awards.

Making my way over to a table I then got a word with Sean Conlon who plays with the Summer League team while Craig Dixon who plays with the youths and in the MLD team and they were with Emma Carragher all from Doolargy Avenue who told me they'd be taking home a few awards but were looking forward to the celebrations.

I then got talking to Brendan Hughes from Drive 2 who also plays with the youths and in the MDL and told me he'd be picking up the Player Of The Year in the MDL and assured me it was going to be a really great night for sure.

Next I caught up with Jackie and Geraldine Murphy from Faughart who were there with son Sean who was on crutches after ligament damage. He told me he was there to jointly pick up the player of the year award with Aaron Boyle.

After this I headed over for a word with Paul and Hazel Lee from Ashbrook who were with son Jamie who was there to get his Most Improved Player award in the under 9s.

I then met up with Mark and Patrice Cassidy from Aghameen Park who told me that Mark manages both the under 16s and the under 6s! He told me that was cause enough for celebrations.

Making my way through the crowds I then caught up with Bernadette O'Riordan from Brookwood Lawns who was there on the night with son Sean and Tiernan Cassidy and Sean was in line for the player of the year trophy for under 8s.

They were up for making the best of the night with Bernadette's mum Bernie O'Riordan from Bellurgan.

One man who was certainly looking sharp was Rhys Shields from Clontigora Court who was there for the player of the year trophy for the under 16s and he was with dad Dean.

One girl who was looking extremely well on the night was Cheryl McGuill from Mullaharlin Park with son Dylan who plays for under 10s and they were with Scott Kearney from Claddagh Park who was getting an under 11 award but they weren't sure which one.

Just arrived in were Clubmen of the Year Sean McShane from Drive 2 and Joshua Ayoub from Old Muirhevna who tog out for the under 13, 14s and 15s and they were really looking forward to the night.

Up near the bar I then got talking to Mary Boyle from Dromintee, Noel Kelly from Blackrock and Dean Shields from Clontigora Court whose sons were destined to win players of the year on the night and told me it has to be the most successful club in Dundalk at every level.

One man in a bit of discomfort on the night was last year's under 18s top goal scorer Paul Mallon from Glenmore Park who has a broken hand and had his arm in a sling but this wasn't going to stop him enjoying the celebrations with the rest of his team mates.

Not too long later I met up with brothers Thomas and Patrick McShane from Drive 2 who play with the senior and youths teams who were with their mum Bernadette McShane from Drive 2 and they told me they were there to enjoy the accolades for the club but also to see younger brother Sean pick up the clubman award.

I then had the pleasure of talking to sisters Briege Duffy from Maple Close and Patricia Duffy from Woodville Manor who wanted a big shout out for their sister Sally Duffy who couldn't make it on the night but they were there with sons Calvin Akinyele and Camron Lawla who pull on the jersey for under 10s, 11s and 12s.

Finally, before I departed I headed over for a word with Fra McCann from Point Road who was with Jacqueline Conlon from Hughes Park who told me that the boot on the car would certainly be full seeing that Fra played with the winter league team and that would be at least three trophies heading home with him.

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