Underage GAA players get new jerseys
Underage players in a local GAA club have been presented with some brand new kits courtesy of sponsorship from local businesses.
The Ballyhogue Under 9 footballers were presented with new jerseys recently and the club was delighted to accept them at a presentation at the club grounds.
The sponsor, Niamh Moriarty, was in attendance at the handover and she presented the jerseys to the Under 9 manager, Denis Asple, and other members of the club.
Presentations were also made to the club's Under 14 girls' football squad who received new jerseys and new football tops.
The jerseys were sponsored by IRS Financial Services and the company was represented at the presentation ceremony by Ciaran Donegan.
The girls' football tops were sponsored by C&D Providers whose representative, Mike Doyle, took great delight in handing over the tops to representatives of the club.
Ballyhogue GAA club has a long history of success since it was formed in 1898 by Larry Murphy.
However, football in the general Bree area can be traced back even further than that, back to the foundation of the GAA in 1884.
Like many organisations of its type the club played an integral role in the life of the community in its formative years - when games were played in whatever field happened to be available.
Ballyhogue's first ever competitive fixture was against Marshalstown in 1898 and that was also the same year the club was defeated in its first ever championship game, against Bunclody.
Some of the family names involved in those formative years of the club are still prevalent today especially in the underage section of the club which is the key to its future.
That's why sponsorship, in whatever form, is invaluable to clubs like Ballyhogue and the club was very appreciative of the gesture in receiving the new jerseys and football tops.
In 1906, Tom Doyle, created history when he became the first player from the club to represent the county and some of the players who will wear the new jerseys will be hoping to repeat that feat in the future.