Hector gets real Cordal welcome
THERE wasn't a 'cranky car' to be found around the roads of Cordal as children all around the area received their Halloween holidays.
For the children and members of Cordal GAA Club a flurry of excitement and anticipation hung in the air as everyone waited with bated breath for the arrival of the popular 2 FM morning presenter and 'Soldier of the Dawn', Hector O hEochagáin and his production crew to the Cordal GAA Club pitch and community centre.
Hector had made contact with Cordal GAA PRO, Nora Fealey, on the Thursday night to let her know that he was broadcasting his morning programme from Union Hall in Cork on Friday morning and would love to meet some of the members of the Cordal GAA Club on the Friday afternoon on his way back home to Galway.
They had spoken previously on his breakfast show after Cordal GAA Club was crowned winner of the SuperValu Community Fund Final in Croke Park on September 4. In her interview Nora spoke of the passion of this small club and the poor conditions of the local pitch which brought it to national prominence. She also spoke of the hard work and dedication of the officers, members and the community to try to restore the pitch to a respectable playing condition.
In January 2013 Hector and his team travelled around Ireland filming four documentaries entitled 'Hector goes Holy'; 'Hector goes Travellers'; 'Hector goes Country ' and 'Hector goes Hunting ' which were broadcasted on RTE 1.
At present he is recording four more documentaries for the Spring 2014 season, entitled: 'Hector goes Fishing'; 'Hector goes Digging for Water'; 'Hector goes Courting' and 'Hector goes GAA' - which will feature Cordal GAA Club.
"As filming got underway no one could have prepared the presenter and his crew for the hearty, warm welcome they received from the large numbers of the community who had turned up to surprise him and to show their continuous support for this small but popular club. And it is fair to say Hector was pleasantly surprised," said Nora Fealey.
In 'Hector goes GAA' he will bring the viewers on a journey from the mighty grounds of Croke Park to the grassroots of Cordal GAA Club with one complementing the other.
"Who knows, maybe some day the grounds of Croke Park could play host to Cordal GAA Club," said Nora.