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MunsterAwardsEveningAdareMunster Championship Awards Ball

On Thursday the 8th of November Scoil Pól held a Munster Championship Awards Ball in Fitzgeralds Woodlands Hotel in Adare.

Scoil Pól won the following Munster competitions

  • U16½ Hurlers –
  • Munster Competition 1st year Ladies Football
  • Munster Blitz 1st and 2nd year Ladies Football
  • Castletroy College Munster Competition Junior Ladies Football Team
  • Munster Competition U16 ½ Camogie Team
  • Munster 7s Shield U16 ½ Camogie Team
  • Munster Competition 1st & 2nd year Minor Camogie Team
  • Munster Blitz

In an opening address the principal Mr O’ Hara congratulated the teams on their wonderful success. He acknowledged the dedication of the students and their coaching staff at the school who showed such commitment.

The hurling team was trained by Sean O Donnell, Eoin Walsh and Richie Lenihan. The football team was coached by Dan Somers and Jenny Kelly. The camogie team was trained by Noreen O Riordan, Sarah Collins and Sr. Patricia Coughlan. Gratitude was extended to all those who help support the teams including those who sponsored jerseys and organised transport to the matches. The teams were particularly grateful to Mike O Leary who played the role of bus driver and mentor. To mark his retirement a presentation was made to him. The event was attended by Richard McCarthy (Limerick hurling star) and Cathy Mee (captain of the all-Ireland winning football team). Both received presentations in honour of their success.

Special guest on the evening was Mícheál O’ Muircheartaigh who presented an array of trophies and medals. In his address he observed that he had never before seen such a great number of trophies and medals to be presented at an event. The schools winning ways was in keeping with a year in which Limerick won the all-Ireland hurling final. He said he had a wonderful time going to matches all his life. He observed that all teams do their best but there can be only one winner. He quoted the seanfhocail “féachaint ar aghaidh“ suggesting people must go forward with hope. He said life is never dull when you have hope. He advised his audience to wake up every morning with vigour, enthusiasm and hope for the day. “Dúiseacht le dúthracht ag breacadh an lae”. He said the GAA was a wonderful organisation for young people, it allowed them to make wonderful friends and have a sense that they are never alone. He felt that as an organisation the GAA encouraged a sense of community. In terms of GAA competitions there is always a new game on the horizon and this fosters hope. He concluded his address with the seanfhocal “go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís”. To conclude the evening Mr O’ Hara presented Mícheál O’ Muircheartaigh with a token of his appreciation. The assembled parents, teachers and students were captivated by Mícheál’s enthusiasm and love for his sport. It was a great night and afterward the food and entertainment was of Fitzgeralds usual high standard.

Photos from the night

Munster Championship Awards in Adare