Monday 22 April 2019

Brian Cody present as Naomh Moninne celebrate 50 years


On Friday night we headed for the Fairways Hotel where the local hurling club Naomh Moninne were celebrating their 50th year with a major dinner dance and the place was packed for a night that had President of the GAA Christy Cooney and manager of the Kilkenny hurlers Brian Cody as guest speakers.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Jimmy Cumiskey who was busy making sure that everyone was well looked after and not too long later I met Joe and Cora Mellon from Fatima Drive who were there with Cora's sister Anne Oates who had come over from the Isle of Man specially to be there to honour their brother Paddy Grant who had played with the club in the 60s.

I got talking to Sharon Ward from Meadow View and Florence Conneally from Glastonbury who were there to support nephew Darren O'Hanrahan who plays with Naomh Moninne.

Next I had a chat with Peadar Doherty from Blackrock who told me he was there with his wife Noelle Oliver and plays with the team. He was there with his dad Charlie Doherty from Donegal.

After this I headed over for a chat with one time player Paul Martin from Oaklawns who was with Teresa Keenan also from Oaklawns and Paul told me he was looking forward to what Brian and Christy had to say.

Not too long later I got talking to Jimmy McGee from Lis Na Dara who told me he played with the club back in 1964 and still had his card there to prove it.

Next I caught up with a number of ladies who were all looking extremely well and they were Ann Ryan from Fr. Murray Park, Ann Lennon from Shore Road and Stephanie McCann from O'Hanlon Park. Both Annes were with their respective husbands Jim and Noel and Stephanie was with her boyfriend and Ann's son Stephen Ryan who plays with the club.

After this I had the pleasure of talking to Elaine Corrigan from Annagassan who was there with Sinead McVeigh from Rock Road and Fiona Gonnelly from Cedarwood Park who told me her dad Patsy Mulholland from Marian Park is an Hon Pres with the club and brother Padraig hurls with the club too.

Not too long later I met Gwen and Michael Cotter from Hackballscross who were with Michael's sister Fiona and Maurice Murphy from The Laurels as well as Bernadette and Terry O'Neill from Mill Street and Fiona told me that Maurice takes an active part with the club and had drawn the unfortunate straw and was looking after the door on the night.

I then got talking to Jimmy and Fiona Myers from Shortstone who told me that Jimmy hurled with the club a long time ago and they were joined by Seamus and Margaret Connolly from Fatima Park and Seamus told me he had actually captained the team back in 1960.

Not too long later I got talking to David and Siobhan Duffy from Medebawn, David had played but is now a juvenile coach and committee member.

Next I caught up with players Oisin Drumm from Ballymac and Richy Shaw from James Street who were with their mate Daragh Connolly from Ard Easmuinn who told me he was just an innocent bystander when it came to hurling!

After this I got the chance of congratulating Cllr Oliver Morgan from Meadow Grove since he took up office and he was there with Martin Grant from Grange Close and he wanted a big shout out for his mum Sandra Lee.

I then got talking to players Stephen and Domhnall Rafferty from Mount Avenue who were there with Andrew Mackin from Stabannon who were with their mate James McMahon from Ardee.

I caught up with Mena and Paddy Magee from Richardstown who told me they were with son-in-law Joe Kennedy one time Tipperary hurler and who played with Naomh Moninne during '98 to '99 and he was his beautiful wife Sharon.

I caught up with more players, this time Matthew Turnbull from Castleblayney who told me he is actually injured at the moment and Eugene Litchfield from McSwiney Street.

After this I managed a few words with a very busy man, the MC for the night and chairperson of the organising committee John Murphy from Faughart Terrace who was there with his wife Linda, her parents Mary and Gerry Duffy from Kilkerley as well as Annmarie and Andrew Dillon from Stamullen, Mairead and Colin Murdock from Kilcurry.

I then got talking to Grace and Lorraine Higgins from Marlmount and also had a chat with Sharon Hennigan from Dromin and Mary Brennan from Greenwood Drive who were there with their partners Joe Kennedy and Ger Brennan.

I got a word with an old school mate John Capplis originally from Blackrock but now living in Dublin and he was down to support his brother James Capplis from the Rock who is the club's treasurer and was there with his wife Anna.

I did catch sight of club chairman and his wife Seamus and Paula Cahill from Rathmount and after this I got talking to Martin Murphy from Marian Park.

Not too long later I met up with Damien and David McBride who were with David's wife Dr. Fiona Henry from Ard Easmuinn.

Finally, I caught up with Elsie and Brian Cody from Kilkenny who were just getting ready for the celebrations and were in good form. They were being chaperoned by Paul McAvinney from Springfield who was with his wife Carol.