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HWH-Bunclody first Club of Year winners

Inaugural Enniscorthy District Awards presentation

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Back (from left): Ger Doyle (District Chairman), Anne Doyle (special guest), Jim Maher (Riverside Park Hotel, sponsors). Front (from left): Noel Ryan (HWH-Bunclody), Joan Rafter (Duffry Rovers), Seamus O’Toole (Marshalstown-Castledockrell)

Back (from left): Ger Doyle (District Chairman), Anne Doyle (special guest), Jim Maher (Riverside Park Hotel, sponsors). Front (from left): Noel Ryan (HWH-Bunclody), Joan Rafter (Duffry Rovers), Seamus O’Toole (Marshalstown-Castledockrell)

HWH-Bunclody members after receiving the Paddy Wickham club of the year award with Derek Kent (Co. Chairman), Ger Doyle (District Chairman) and Jim Maher of the Riverside Park Hotel (sponsors)

HWH-Bunclody members after receiving the Paddy Wickham club of the year award with Derek Kent (Co. Chairman), Ger Doyle (District Chairman) and Jim Maher of the Riverside Park Hotel (sponsors)

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Back (from left): Ger Doyle (District Chairman), Anne Doyle (special guest), Jim Maher (Riverside Park Hotel, sponsors). Front (from left): Noel Ryan (HWH-Bunclody), Joan Rafter (Duffry Rovers), Seamus O’Toole (Marshalstown-Castledockrell)

Enniscorthy came into the fold as the last of the four District committees to hold an awards night with a very successful function in the Riverside Park Hotel on the last night of January.

Twelve most deserving recipients from the various clubs were selected for individual awards, while the prestigious Paddy Wickham Memorial club of the year accolade for 2019 went to HWH-Bunclody.

They were one of four county adult title winners from the District during the year, with their Intermediate football success matched by Cloughbawn (Intermediate hurling), Ballyhogue (Junior 'A' hurling) and Rathnure (Junior 'B' hurling).

Special guest for the inaugural event was Ferns native Anne Doyle, Wexford ambassador and former RTE newsreader.

The M.C. was Davidstown native Tony Dempsey, while a fellow former Co. Chairman, Ger Doyle of Oulart-The Ballagh, led the organising committee which also included Maria Nolan and P.J. Howlin.

The twelve individual club award recipients were: Michael Foley (Ballyhogue), Tom Furlong (Cloughbawn), Maureen Doyle (Davidstown-Courtnacuddy), Joan Rafter (Duffry Rovers), Noel Ryan (HWH-Bunclody), Seamus O'Toole (Marshalstown-Castledockrell), Simon Rath (Monageer-Boolavogue), Johnny Hayden (Oulart-The Ballagh), Majella Doran (Oylegate-Glenbrien), Larry Byrne (Rapparees-Starlights), Jim Blackburn (Rathnure), Seamus Wallace (Shamrocks).

The night was sponsored by the Riverside Park Hotel, while the printing of the colourful souvenir booklet was sponsored by C&R Print who have been great friends of the G.A.A. for many years.

New Ross District were the first to introduce a scheme of this nature in the early 1980s, and Wexford followed suit in 2000.

With Gorey's first function held late last year, and Enniscorthy now completing the quartet, it means that worthy club workers from all over the county now have the chance to be recognised for their sterling contribution to the G.A.A.

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