Tuesday 25 June 2019

Outstanding achievements acknowledged at civic awards

Overall winner of the Texaco Art competition, Naoise Hennessy, accepting her award from Cllr John Hegarty, cathoirleach Gorey Municipal District and Cllr Joe Sullivan
Overall winner of the Texaco Art competition, Naoise Hennessy, accepting her award from Cllr John Hegarty, cathoirleach Gorey Municipal District and Cllr Joe Sullivan

Cathy Lee

Community was honoured at the Civic Awards Ceremony which took place at Wells House and Gardens, as councillors of Gorey Municipal District presented awards for outstanding achievement to individuals and teams in their chosen sport or art form.

Cllr John Hegarty began the evening by welcoming the teams, recognising individuals and sports clubs before highlighting their achievements, before awards, created by Paschal Whitmore Jewellers, were presented by councillors.

The Courtown Ladies team of Courtown Golf Club, were honoured for their momentous first time All-Ireland win, a journey that began just a year ago, with matches that led the district finals.

The team from a panel of 14 played Ballina in the semi-final, but finally did themselves proud by winning to Shandon Park from Belfast in the final, and their award was presented by Cllr Joe Sullivan.

Artist Naoise Hennessey from Craanford, was honoured for her achievement of being the overall winner of the Texaco Children's Art Competition, for her painting 'Lifelines,' and her award was presented by Cllr Joe Sullivan.

Naoise Hennessy is already known to many as an all-Ireland medal winner and goal-scoring forward on the county's under-16 camogie team. The teenager will be a special guest at the International High School Arts Festival, in its twentieth year, that will be held in Japan's National Art Centre where her winning work will be exhibited.

Ploughman Dan Donnelly, was honoured for his gold medal position at the European Ploughing Championships, with an award presented by Cllr Mary Farrell.

Dan Donnelly was 16 years of age during his first All Ireland ploughing competition, and went on to win the national title in 2001, 2002 and 2003, in the reversible category.

Next for Dan Donnelly is the National Ploughing Championship, which takes place annually in September, and he hopes to win the title again here.

Cllr John Hegarty awarded Gorey Hockey Club, a club which began in 1980, but in recent years has grown to gain promotion in the Leinster league.

This season they went one better and won their division and got promoted for the second season in a row, and won against Kilkenny in the final.

Kilrush Camogie Club, which was formed in 1967, encompasses the town lands of Askamore and Kilrush, and in 2018 won Wexford Camogie club of the year.

The award was presented by Cllr Fionntán Ó'Súilleabháin,

In August 2018, Eoghan Cooke from Ballygarrett won a gold model at the Irish National Youth Cycling Championships in the Under 15s category.

Representing the Ounavarra Cycling Club, Eoghan Cooke also won a bronze medal for his time trial, and his Civic award was presented by Cllr Pip Bren.

Gorey Cricket Club were honoured for their achievements including winning the club's maiden trophy and the Dick O'Neill Cup, but also their encouragement for the growth of youth cricket locally.

They also went on to become the first club in southern Leinster to make it to the final of the Russell Court Trophy.

Their award was presented by Cllr Pip Breen for their contribution, which was highlighted previously at the annual Cricket Leinster awards, when five Gorey players were named Divisional team of the year.

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