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Monday 26 June 2017

An entertaining GAA awards night

Tadhg Furlong's parents Jim and Margaret Furlong accept an appreciation award on his behalf from Denis Nolan, District chairman and PJ Farrell, secretary.
Tadhg Furlong's parents Jim and Margaret Furlong accept an appreciation award on his behalf from Denis Nolan, District chairman and PJ Farrell, secretary.
Geraldine O'Hanrahan's award to Lar Murray presented by Sinead O'Farrell Fastway couriers, Denis Nolan District chairman and PJ Farrell secretary
Gusserane award to Kevin Kehoe presented by Sinead O'Farrell Fastway couriers, Denis Nolan District chairman and PJ Farrell secretary
2017 president Patrick Fortune, along with his wife Mary, receiving his presentation from Denis Nolan, District chairman and PJ Farrell, secretary
Rathgarogue Cushinstown award to John Brennan presented by Sinead O'Farrell Fastway couriers, Denis Nolan District chairman and PJ Farrell secretary
St James award to Roger Ennis presented by Sinead O'Farrell Fastway couriers, Denis Nolan District chairman and PJ Farrell secretary
Taghmon Camross awards to John and Kitty Cogley presented by Sinead O'Farrell Fastway couriers, Denis Nolan District chairman and PJ Farrell secretary
Michael Bowe receives his award for many years of service to New Ross District GAA from secretary PJ Farrell and District chairman Denis Nolan

New Ross District G.A.A. held their annual awards night in the Horse and Hound in Ballinaboola recently. All ten clubs in the District were well represented, with the attendees treated to a wonderful meal and an entertaining awards ceremony.

District Chairman, Denis Nolan, congratulated three clubs on claiming four adult county titles in 2016. St. James' won the Intermediate 'A' hurling title, Taghmon-Camross won the Intermediate football title, and Gusserane won both the Under-21 football Roinn 1 title and of course the Senior football title.

He looked forward to further success for the District in 2017. Thanks were also expressed to Fastway Couriers and Tir na nÓg Bar and Restaurant for their sponsorship of the night.

Nolan also paid tribute to the outgoing officers who had contributed so much to G.A.A. in the District over a long number of years. Michael Bowe and John Hanton received their appreciation awards while outgoing, long-serving P.R.O. Jimmy McDonald was unable to attend and his award was picked up by a family member.

As is the case every year, each club had nominated a member of their club to receive an award in recognition of the work that they had done for their clubs over the years. This year's worthy recipients were Lar Murray (Geraldine O'Hanrahans), John and Kitty Cogley (Taghmon-Camross), Josie Sutton (St. Mogue's), Darren O'Reilly (Horeswood), Kevin Kehoe (Gusserane O'Rahilly's), John Brennan (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown), John Kent (Adamstown), Roger Ennis (St. James'), Chris Cummins (Bannow-Ballymitty) and James Purcell (Clongeen). County Chairman, Derek Kent, was on hand to present the awards.

Kevin Kehoe spoke on behalf of the recipients and he paid tribute to the hard work being done within the District and acknowledged the achievements of his fellow recipients.

The Tir na nÓg club of the year award went to Gusserane O'Rahilly's. Club Chairman, Michael Whelan, and Secretary, Lorraine O'Neill, were delighted to receive the impressive cup on behalf of the club.

The District committee also acknowledged the wonderful achievements of Tadhg Furlong since swapping his Horeswood and Wexford G.A.A. jerseys for the rugby jerseys of Leinster, Ireland and now the British and Irish Lions. Tadhg was unable to attend due to his European semi-final against Clermont the following day, but his parents James and Margaret collected the award on his behalf.

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