Y 2016 Annual Dinner

2016 Annual Presentation Dinner.


St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy held their Annual Presentation Dinner in the Templeton Hotel on Friday 25th.. November 16.


Club chairman Joseph O’Boyle welcomed over one hundred members for a very enjoyable evening. Special guests were club president Fr. Colm McBride, South West chairman Columb Walsh with his wife Una, Frank and Kathleen Rogers.. Also present was the club’s main sponsor Martin McClinton from Hunky Dory. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Antrim intermediate football championship medals to the senior ladies team.


Columb Walsh congratulated the club for continuing to encourage the youth of the area to take part in club activities and to accept the ethos Gaelic games. He thanked the club for their participation in all South West competitions and the discipline shown from the players. The chairman congratulated the club on receiving the McStocker cup which is presented to club with the best discipline from managers and players. Columb congratulated the ladies for winning the Antrim intermediate championship. He also thanked our referees Paul Hanna and Christopher Eastwood for their dedication towards refereeing and encouraged others to come forward and take it up. . 


The chairman in his citation for the club’s hall of fame award spoke highly of the recipient Frank Rogers. Frank had moved in the early sixties from his home town of Lisnaskea County Fermanagh to teach in St.Aidan’s High School Glenavy where he taught physical education. He joined St.Joseph’s senior team and was an ever present member for the next decade. Joseph encouraged those present particularly the players to follow Frank’s example and be prepared to put something back into the club when they had retired from playing. 


When Frank retired from playing he continued to have a huge influence on our club with his expert knowledge of the rules and for keeping players fit he made great use of the school recreation hall for training and coaching. He also started a basketball team to keep the players fit and interested during the winter months. Frank helped several managers with the coaching and fitness of players and his influence held bring success on a number of occasions. Frank now lives with his wife Kathleen and family in Ballycastle.


Frank thanked the club for the award and had always kept up to date with results and what was happening in the club. He wished the club well for the future and encouraged d the young players enjoy themselves as much as he had.      


The following received the annual club awards.

 Senior Ladies player: Orla Fay.

Senior male player: Michael McCourt

Junior male player Joint:: Ronan Hamill & Martin McPeake

Club person of the year: Joint: Olwyn McCambridge & Marieanne Forester

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