Wednesday 24 January 2018

Year in Avondhu GAA celebrated

Pat Ryan

THE Avondhu Board 'Man of the Match' Social took place on Friday night in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.

There was a good sized attendance. John O'Donnell chairman welcomed all to the annual awards night. He described 2013 as a reasonably successful one for the division. Three teams from the Division won county titles and he congratulated Clyda Rovers on winning the County Premier IFC championship as well as the Munster title. He hoped they would do well in the All Ireland series. For 2014 Clyda Rovers will represent the division in the County SFC.

Mitchelstown Junior A footballers after a number of disappointments won the North Cork and County JAFC titles. Charleville Junior B footballers won both the North Cork and Co JBFC titles as well.

In hurling Charleville won the Co Division 3 HL title beating Kildorrery. In football Glanworth won the County Div 3 FL title, while Fermoy took the County Div 4 FL title.

The Chairman was delighted that competitions within the Avondhu Division are very even. All clubs are putting in huge effort and success will come their way in due course. He spoke of the huge number of clubs across the country over 2,500 in all.

There is a great bond and local derby games are very important for the future of our Association. He asked the question What makes the GAA? People, club members, great skill of our players and team effort wins out whether it is Junior B or senior it makes no difference.

He refereed to the importance of club sponsors at a time when gate-receipts are down. The Avondhu Board had 20 competitions in 2013 and just two were not finished. He spoke of the Board delegates being the hub of society in club areas.

He stated that the board must always try and help clubs as much as possible. In relation to the winning of titles during the past year there was a very good spread out. Of the 20 competitions entered there were 14 winners with four clubs winning two titles. Ten other clubs reached semi-finals.

The players selected as 'man of the match' winners in all the championships finals were also honoured on the night. They were Premier Junior Hurling Eric O'Connor (Newtownshandrum) Junior A Football Stephen Fox (Mitchelstown) Junior A Hurling championship Garry Sweeney (Doneraile) Junior B Football Andrew Cagney (Charleville) Under 21 A Football Darragh O'Carroll (Fermoy) Under 21 B Football Sean Keane (Kilworth) Under 21 A Hurling Aaron Sheehan (Mallow) Under 21 B Hurling Conor Flanagan (Clyda Rovers).

A presentation was made to John Geaney (Kilshannig) retiring Development Officer as well as Diarmuid Gowen (Fermoy) who has also completed his three year term as County Board Development Officer. Andrew O'Brien (Kildorrery) played with Cork Junior footballers while Michael Lyons (Araglin) was a selector. Both were made presentations in recognition of their success.

A cheque was also presented to the Primary Schools Board in recognition of the great work done at promoting the games at Primary Schools level in the Division. Diarmuid Gowen in his last official engagement congratulated the Board on their great achievements.

He congratulated Dan Collins on being awarded the Hall of Fame and spoke of Dan's contribution to the GAA mainly at County Juvenile Board level where he always looked after the interest of the rural clubs. He congratulated the 'man of the match' winners who gave exceptional performances in the various championship finals.


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