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Thursday 14 November 2019

Awards galore at DDL presentation night

Dundalk After Dark

On Saturday night I headed for Oriel Park where the Dundalk and District League were hosting their presentation night and a fair sized crowd were there for the occasion. Along with the presentation of the League medals, there were the winners of the McConville and Clancy Cup, the team of the year, player of the year trophies and the hall of fame inductees to be handed out.

I wasn't too long in the door when I caught up with Andrea, Helena and Ciaran Clarke from Kilkerley who were there to see their dad Michael being inducted in to the hall of fame.

After this I caught up with Danann Killeen from Mountain View who was with his grandad Michael Killeen from Point Road who was proud to be there to see his grandson make the team of the year.

Heading for another table I met up with Kian McEvoy from the Quay and Shane O'Brien from Bellurgan who were also named on the team of the year and were delighted to be there to receive the accolade.

Not too far away I then got a word with Benas Luko from Ard Easmuinn, Jake Cunningham from Belfry Gardens and Enoch Ulanga from Coulter Place who are all with Glenmuir and were looking forward to getting their hands on the McConville Cup again.

Meanwhile up near the bar I met Quay Celtic stalwart Patsy Maguire from Hyde Park who told me he has been with the club for 50 years. He was sitting with committee member Joe Mellon from Fatima Drive who told me that Patsy is nothing short of a legend with the club.

Heading for the high seats I then met Greta Flynn from Ashbrook who was with kids Shane and David who were there to see their dad Davy inducted into the hall of fame and were hugely proud of him.

Next I met up with the brand new hall of famer Billy Coyle from St. Nicholas Avenue who played all his years with Arsenal and he was having a laugh with his friend Thomas Dalton McKevitt from Avenue Road who told me he had fond memories of watching Billy playing in the 50s and 60s.

After this I got a word with Austin and Dara Traynor from Whitemill Faughart who told me they were there to represent Bellurgan United and were delighted to be there, as were Pat O'Callaghan from Muirhevnamor and Brendan O'Brien from Point Road.

Making my way over to the extra rowdy table where I met up with Chantelle Gover from De La Salle Terrace who was there to keep an eye on her grandad Gerry who was having a laugh with Brian Carroll from St. Nicholas Avenue and Larry O'Hagan from Bay Estate. Brian was a bit disappointed by the meal last year, there was no soup, so he had brought along a few quick soups to make sure everything was ok. Larry on the other hand was supposed to be celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with wife Collette, but she was over in Ballina taking part in a marathon!

Seated close by w I then met up with Anita McDonnell from Castle Park, Margaret and Charlie Hutchinson from Barton Park who were with Ryan McDonnell from Castle Park who was getting an award for his trojan work with Redeemer.

After this I got a quick word with Robbie Allen from Ardee Road who was enjoying the company of Gary and Linda Valentine from Ballybarrack whose company Blue Sky are sponsors in the club and were all looking forward to a good night.

Finally, before I departed, I met up with Sean McArdle from Castlebellingham, Ciaran Caldwell from Woodbury Gardens and Vincent Duffy from Dunbin who are all involved with Glenmuir who told me they had brought up the McConville Cup to see if it was going to be filled for them!

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