Our dinner dance took place on Saturday night last in The Longford Arms hotel and was a tremendous success. Guests of honour on the night were our superstars from 1993 and 1995 who claimed championship titles and were rightly honored for their achievements. It was great to see so many of the old faces back for the event and all looking fit and hearty. Sadly two members of the panel Mìchael Kiernan and Terry McCormack are no loner with us but were also honored on the night. Indeed it was great to see that some of the players had lost none of their great sense of adventure with Mìchael Keogh, Matt Duggan and Paul Gilna contributing handsomely to the entertainment at the event. Indeed the dance floor resembled some of the scenes not since the great nights in RaRa Niteclub during that era with many a fine shimie and dance move on display.
Our player award winners on the night were Andrew Thompson who was a deserved winner of junior player of the year and Daniel Mimnagh who was an equally deserving winner of senior player of the year. Our hall of fame award went to the evergreen and very popular Victor Kiernan who regaled us with tales of playing junior football for the club many many moons ago.
Our club man of the year this year went to a very deserving recipient, our current secretary Mr Brian Donohoe. Brian is someone who has dedicated a large part of his life to Emmet Og over a long number of years, as a player, selector and Club Administrator both at Senior and Minor levels of the Club. Totally committed to the cause he has devoted endless hours to the well-being of Emmet Og. His attention to detail, his forward thinking and progressive ideas has contributed in no small way to Killoe becoming one of the most modern and successful clubs in the midlands. His knowledge of GAA matters both at Club and County level are second to none and he operates with an air of honesty and quiet mannerism. We heard him referred to as ‘Mr Killoe GAA’ a title I’m sure you will all agree, sits well on his fine shoulders. Never one to seek the limelight, his involvement at County Board level and in particular his role at CCCC level , has earned him numerous complimentary comments and admiration from his fellow officers and Board members. Long may we have individuals like Brian involved with our Club. Congratulations to Brian and his family.
Congratulations to all our award winners and thanks to all who attended and made it such a memorable event. Additionally we owe a debt of gratitude to Orla Reynolds and her staff who coped well with our large numbers on the night and adopted at short notice. Thanks also to all the people, particularly the committee who were involved in making the event such a success.
Our Lotto draw took place on Sunday night in Begleys and the numbers drawn were 6, 14, 18 and 19. There was no jackpot inner. €20 winners were Chris Kiernan, C/O The Olde Forge, Cathal Reilly, Drumlish, P J Quinn, Longford, Paddy Lee, Esker and Tommy Reilly, Farragh. This weeks sellers prize went to Margaret McCormack. Next week sees the jackpot rise to €11,100 with the draw in The Olde Forge on Sunday night.
Finally we offer our deepest sympathies to the Bracken and O Brien families on their bereavement last week.
Thomas Quinn – PRO Emmet Òg