Carrigaline GAA Club Celebrates
Writes Howard Crowdy
Carrigaline celebrated their County Premier Intermediate success in style at the recent celebration dinner, which was held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel last weekend, and are more than looking forward to the challenge of playing in the County Senior Football Championship for the very first time in the coming weeks and months.
The euphoria experienced in capturing the county title back in October was recalled with photographs and video at the dinner, complete with an open top bus parade through Carrigaline, memories which will remain with the players and club for many, many years, with the club savouring their victory for one last time before the real challenge of senior football kicks in.
It was not just about the Premier Intermediate footballers, as the club’s Junior B footballers, known as the ‘Killer B’s’, notched up a notable double last season, capturing the SE league and championship titles, with their trophies proudly standing side by side at the top table with the Premier Intermediate trophy.
Club Chairman John Dwane went on to congratulate the players, mentors, coaches and backroom team for their wonderful achievement in capturing the county title, adding that following the success of the Premier Minor footballers last year, the possibility of a Premier Intermediate success was more than a reality and the dreams could really start. He gave a brief outline on the team’s path to the final, almost faltering at the semi final stage, but the team persevered and went all the way to the final and defeated St Vincent’s in the final, to put Carrigaline in to the senior grade for the first time.
He went on to acknowledge both Tony Murphy and team captain Kevin Kavanagh, who were part of the Cork Intermediate team which won the Munster Final and were, unfortunately, beaten by Galway in the All Ireland final. Kevin was later nominated as the 96 and 103FM Sport star of the Month Award winner for leading his team to the Munster and All Ireland final.
Cork County Board treasurer Pierce Murphy also went on to congratulate the club in reaching senior football status, adding that a club the size of Carrigaline should be able to maintain senior football and now intermediate hurling with some degree of success and he wished them and the club, from under age right up to senior, the very best for the future. He also thanked the club for their continued support within the Cork County Board, the strong and vibrant contribution to games and administration and to the support they give to the Board through the Cork County GAA Board Draw over the years.
Medals were presented on the night to players from the Premier Intermediate football team and to the ‘Killer B’s’ by Pierce Murphy of the Cork County GAA Board.