Saturday 20 October 2018

Wolfe Tones ball rounds off top year

Ten trophies testament to players

Credit: Colin Bell
Credit: Colin Bell

NIGHT Owl was out on Saturday night this week and first stop was the Glenside Hotel.

The Wolfe Tones GFC awards and dinner dance were taking place, and these were to mark what has been a very successful year for the club.

David Tully from Duleek Street is the Junior Team Coach and also the club's PRO.

He explained that the club was founded in 1922, and they have really enjoyed a revival over the last four or five years.

'We won ten trophies this year which is fantastic for the club and everyone involved,' he said.

'Over the last ten or fifteen years, we've needed some kind of pick-me-up to get back on track, and there's been a huge influx of new people into the area which has really added a whole dimension to the club.'

Some of the other Wolfe Tones committee members who were at the event were Michael Kelly, Paddy Fanning from the Beamore Road and Noel Donnelly from Congress Avenue.

One of the first players we met was Ivor Kelly from Marian Park who was there with his girlfriend Kate O'Sullivan from Stamullen.

Sitting at the table beside them were player Gordon Owen from Halpin's Terrace and his girlfriend Louise Wade from Highlands.

Another group of players who were at the awards were Francis Owen and Stephen Craig, both from Marian Park, Philip Smith from Rathmullen, Chris Eustace from Beabeg and Philip Mulkearns from Elmwood.

There was a table at the top of the room with the yellow and blue Wolfe Tones jersey, with various shields and trophies on it, ready to be presented later on in the night.

Player Conor Branigan was due to be getting a special merit award for his commitment and skills over the last year.

They were also due to be adding two players from the 1950s to the Hall of Fame – Jim Murray and Michael Kelly.

Sitting further up in the room we met Pat Kelly from Congress Avenue, Mona McKnight and Ged Kelly from Milmount Abbey, Micky and Michelle Kelly from Termonfeckin, John Madden from Monasterboice and Kerry Coyle from Brookeville.

Also spotted were Fr Denis Nulty, Mayor Frank Maher and Brian Moroney, the vice chairman of the County Board who was presenting a trophy on Saturday night.

We then met another group of minor players: Liam Grimes from the Dublin Road, George Malek from Meadow View and Patrick Fanning from the Beamore Road.

On our way out we met another group of players, including captain Mark McKenna from Dunleer. With him were Ross Stewart from Rose Vale, Darren Rice from Termonfeckin and Darren Weldon from Millmount Abbey.

Everyone was just about to get their food at this stage, so we left them all to enjoy their meal and moved on to the next spot.