2017 Club Dinner.

2017 Annual Presentation Dinner.

 

St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy held their Annual Presentation Dinner in the Ballymac Hotel on Saturday 7th. October.

 

Club chairman Joseph O’Boyle welcomed over one hundred members and guests for a very enjoyable evening. Special guests were club president Fr. Colm McBride, Sean Kelly Antrim PRO. Also present was the club’s main sponsor Martin McClinton from Hunky Dory. The main highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Antrim division two football league medals to the senior football team.

 

Sean Kelly congratulated the club for continuing to encourage the youth of the area to take part in club activities and to accept the ethos of Gaelic games. He thanked the club for their participation in all South West competitions and the discipline shown from the players. Sean also congratulated the ladies and camogie for their efforts in keeping the games alive and well. He also thanked our referees Paul Hanna and Christopher Eastwood and Barry Hotchkiss for their dedication towards refereeing and encouraged others to come forward and take it up.   

 

The chairman in his final address thanked everyone in the club in his eighteen years (Joseph has done two spells) as chairman. 2017 was not a bad year for the club as the U-12 team had won the shield, u-14, U-16 and minor teams had all reached finals only to lose by a point. The highlight was of course the senior team winning for the first time in twenty five years the division two league.The ladies football teams have all fared well. Our camogie teams are getting stronger each year.  Joseph thanked all the coaches and managers for their contribution they have made in the club during his tenure. He also thanked the referees for their contribution on behalf of St.Joseph’s. In an emotional speech he thanked everyone who had helped him and wished the club well in the future.  

 

The annual awards were presented by Sean Kelly.

Senior Ladies player: Orla Fay.

Senior male player: Patrick Gallagher

Junior male player:: Ben McCambridge

Club person of the year: Gavin Phillips.

The senior panel were presented with their division two medals by Sean Kelly.

 

The highlight of the evening was Joseph O’Boyle’s induction into the club’s Hall of Fame.

Fr. McBride in his citation spoke highly of Joseph’s leadership qualities not only in the club but also at county and national level. Fr. Colm praised Joseph for the many years he has given the club and the young people of the parish and hoped he would continue to work in the club. Joseph has served as South West Chairman and ten years as County Chairman but surly the pinnacle of his service was being elected to serve a five year term as a trustee of the GAA one of the highest in the association.

Joseph thanked the club for the honour of being in the hall of fame.

 

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 26th. November.

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