Wednesday 17 January 2018

Messages of support come in from around the world

The Cathaoirleach of the Ardee Municipal District has paid tribute to GAA President Aogan O' Fearghail for his generous acceptance of an invitation to attend last week's tree planting ceremony.

Cllr Dolores Minogue spearheaded a community committee that organised the event and remarked that despite being advised by some that the GAA president would be too busy to attend, he accepted on the first phone call.

'I have to thank him for taking the time to come and also for bringing Sam Maguire. The GAA is such a part of life in every village and town in this country,' she stated.

She first sounded out the idea of a tree planting ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary year of Louth's 1957 win late last year with the local council.

But it didn't receive any support. It was only then that the public and local traders got behind the idea and with the support of the likes of the Ardee Business Association, the St Mary's GAA club, tidy towns and others, the idea blossomed.

'I got messages of support from around the world - even Cork!,' she stated. 'People were just delighted that we decided to honour these heroes.

'I felt especially honoured to welcome many of that team and the families of those who are no longer with us.'

'I would like to duly thank Mick and David Arthur Garden Centre for sponsoring the tree and to Brian Muldoon and sons for inviting and sponsoring the refreshments afterwards.'

The legend himself, Mickey McCreanor, performed the National Anthem and later, sang the 'Turfman from Ardee' for the president during the celebration event in Muldoons.

'It was a special day and hopefully one those from 1957 will remember,' Dolores added.

Drogheda Independent

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