St Molaise Gaels community host tournament for Evan
Huge crowds came out in support of the first annual Evan Doyle Memorial Hurling Tournament hosted by St Molaise Gaels in Grange on July 27th.
The tournament in Monsignor Hynes Park was an U10 competition. Earlier this year, the North Sligo club's Hurling coach and good friend John Doyle and his wife Janice, daughters Katelyn and Mia lost their beloved son and brother, Evan. St Molaise Gaels decided to hold the tournament in Evan's memory.
The clubs involved were St Molaise Gaels,Tourlestrane, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Easkey/St Farnans, Naomh Eoin and neighbours Drumcliffe/Rosses Point.
The fabulous weather added to the day. The club thanked the Doyle Family, Hurling coaches and the Bord na nÓg Committee for the excellent organisation, meticulous preparation of the pitches, stewarding, pitch management, as well as catering for players, coaches and spectators.
The club said: "From the opening words from our outstanding MC Brenda Donagher and a beautiful rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann from Eileen Coyne the tone was set and it was a brilliant morning of exciting and skilful hurling that delighted the huge attendance. Another very special day in the life of our club and a fitting way to remember Evan.
"All the players received a medal after the completion of games. The club commissioned a beautiful plaque to mark the occasion and it will take pride of place in our Presentation Cabinet.
"Oisín Brady, one of our Hurling coaches designed and crafted the piece. Thanks again to all involved including our Referees and Co-Ordinator Paul Healy for their contribution to the day. Special thanks to members of the Sligo senior Hurlers' Rackard Cup winning squad for attending and presenting the medals to the players. Fiona Lenehan was on hand all day capturing every move," the club added.