Monday 22 July 2019

Super day out for memorial charity event

Francis Carroll

A night at the dogs for the final of the Paddy & Eamon Carroll Memorial 525 brought to a conclusion a great day of sport in which no less than 29 teams took part.

The Eamon Carroll Charity Challenge saw teams of four participate in golf at Ballymac, penalty kicks at Bellurgan Utd. FC and free kicks at St Patrick's GFC before the destination of the cup was decided with a tipping competition at Dundalk Stadium.

Eamon, who passed away in 2014, played football with both clubs and was also a keen golfer.

Martin Finnegan of Bellurgan Utd was the main organiser and did tremendous work throughout.

The first of the action took place on the golf course with a 9 hole competition, and a little later in the afternoon the other disciplines went ahead simultaneously.

After moving to The Lumpers to study the form, the teams finished off at the track where they were tasked with selecting the winners of each of the 10 races, with double points on offer for the main event which commemorates Eamon and his uncle, Paddy.

The challenge resulted in a win for STATSports, made up of Seán O'Connor (golf), Daniel O'Connor (frees), Laura Grills (penalties) and Maria O'Connor (tipping).

They ended with 120 points, two more than runners-up Point Road Petes - Adam McDonnell (golf), Keith Stewart (frees), Peter McDonnell (penalties) and Pamela Goss (tipping).

A raffle took place for, among many items, signed Manchester Utd. and Manchester City jerseys, and an Ireland jersey donated by Robert Kearney.

Robert was on the opposite side to Eamon when Pat's beat Cooley Kickhams in the 2004 county final.

A local charity will benefit from the day's proceedings.

This was the third year of the greyhound competition, previously run over 620 yards. It was won in 2017 by the Paul Hennessy-trained Jaytee Angel.

Shortly before Cricket Club added her name to the roll of honour, Hennessy took the English Derby in Nottingham with Priceless Blake.

Cricket Club, owned and trained by Donald O'Neill, Coalisland, won, by a short-head, a first prize €2,000, sponsored by the Carroll family, Bellurgan.

The Argus