Louth Ladies all-star awards night
On Friday night I headed for the O'Connells GFC clubrooms in Castlebellingham where the All-Star Awards night was being held for the three divisions of ladies' football in County Louth and a huge crowd had turned out specially for the occasion.
The night was to honour the best of all the ladies' teams with player of the year trophies being award for each of the divisions and three team of the years being picked from the divisions too.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Brian Duffy, Gerry Curran and Johnny Duffy who train the Clans ladies and told me they were delighted to have six of their charges nominated.
Next I got talking to County Chairperson Dermot Woods who was busy on the night with Secretary Liam O'Neill, Vice Chairperson Edel Woods and some of the ladies from the committee who included Joanne Fedigan-Lennon from Inniskeen, Angela O'Neill from Drumcar and Lily Dowdall from Shelagh who told me it was going to be a busy night with plenty of well deserved awards being handed out and a special presentation going out to the Louth Minors who won the Leinster Minor B Shield.
Making my way over to one of the table I caught up with Joey and Karen O'Doherty from Bellurgan who were with daughters Deirbhile and Aisling and Claire Savage from Cooley who told me that Deirbhile and Claire were both up for nomination from the St. Pats team.
Not too far away I got a word with goalkeeping nominee Caoimhe Byrne from Blackrock who plays with the Geraldines and she was up for making the best of the night with her mum Mary.
Heading for the St. Mochtas table I then had the pleasure of meeting up with Laura McDonnell from Louth Village, Sarah Englishby from Mullacrew, Dearbhla O'Connor from Dromiskin and Aoife Byrne from Louth Village who was the Louth Ladies captain last year and would be helping out with the award ceremony.
Making my way over to the Glyde Rangers table I then caught up with nominees Megan Haughey from Stonetown and Blánaid Kerr from Reaghstown who were having a great night of it with Eimear Kindlon from Churchtown and Megan's main squeeze Shane Kelly from Ardee who assured me he was there as moral support and not just eye candy!
After this I caught up with Nicola and Niall Martin from Drogheda who were there with daughter Hannah who plays with the O'Raghallaighs / Oliver Plunketts team and she was sitting over with the rest of the girls who included Anna and Caitlyn Rooney, Orlaith McEntee, Emma White who was with Péarse Rice and Kevin Mathews who is the coach of the minor and senior team who was with daughter Seoda and Charlene Murphy all from Drogheda. The girls were all looking extremely well and in great form and looking forward to the award ceremony.
Not too long later I met up with some of the St. Kevins Ladies and they included Aoife Gregory who was with her mum Majella, Susan Byrne and Paula Murray all from Phillipstown, Katie Mathews from Dunleer with her parents Stephen and Daisy from Dunleer who told me Susan, Paula and Aoife were all up for the team of the year and were really looking forward to the night.
After this I headed for the Geraldines table again where Caoimhe Byrne was now joined by Eilis Hand from Haggardstown, Bonnie Fleming, Rebecca Carr, Fionnuala Cafferty and Gemma McCrave all from Blackrock and Ciara McQuillan from Dromiskin who is with the Louth Team and the girls were up for a major night of fun together.
Finally, before I departed I headed over to the Naomh Finbar table I then got talking to Roisin and Deirbhile Osborne from Togher who were with Leah Cassidy from Grangebellew who were up for making it a real night to remember with the rest of the girls.