Friday 23 August 2019

Amazing day for Adamstown GAA

St. Abban’s GAA new pitch, Adamstown is official opened by John Horan, GAA president
St. Abban’s GAA new pitch, Adamstown is official opened by John Horan, GAA president
Kate Flood, Clonroche and Erin McDonald, Poulpeasty

David Looby

Adamstown GAA club was the place to be at the weekend as the club unveiled its own dedicated Gaelic grounds, providing club members with a landmark moment in its 132-year history.

GAA President John Horan was on hand to officially open the grounds, which was funded through a fundraising drive by the club.

The first of the celebrations began on Friday evening, with underage games taking place throughout the evening. Afterwards, there was a `Sports Stars in Conversation' panel discussion in Coláiste Abbáin Secondary School featuring famed household sporting personalities who are all either linked to the club or the wider Adamstown community. These included former Adamstown footballer and Irish International soccer player Kevin Doyle, Waterford All-Star hurler and RTE sports pundit and commentator John Mullane, jockey Jonathan Moore, Wexford football captain Michael Furlong and Mayo footballer and All-Star Aileen Gilroy.

This discussion, chaired by one of the most respected football trainers in the county and Adamstown club member Aidan O'Brien, drew a huge crowd.

Saturday's festivities included children's games, face painting, a barbecue, live music, a Fan Zone and Sports Active Events, while replicas of the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy were present for photographs.

Later that afternoon John Horan officially opened the club's new grounds to huge cheers.

One of hurling's legends, Henry Shefflin, was also present as an ambassador for Centra, one of the club's main sponsors. A cabaret in Cullen's Bar in Adamstown concluded the festivities for now as further developments are in the pipeline for the club.

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